Yesterday, my sweet 12 year old was talking to me about reading. She told me that reading was very hard for her to learn and it still takes a lot of work, even though she enjoys it and finds it valuable.
Then she thought for a while and told me that she desperately had wanted to learn to read when she was little because I am her mommy and I love to write and read all the time. She wanted to be like me.
I'm not sure what to think of that. I am flattered that she wanted to do something that I really enjoy, but I hope that I haven't influenced her in ways to be someone different than whom she is.
-----So I read this post to her and she smiled and laughed. Then she told me that she wants to be an artist - not a writer - and so that is nothing like me. "Don't you know little girls want to be like their moms until they get older!" she added.
(I suppose I have learned to do a lot more arts and crafts due to her, too. So maybe children influence their parents as well.)