Milania really entertains me. I miss her. Wasn't that so adorable when she tried to pump up her dad by saying, “WOW, dad, HOLY...look how STRONG you are! You're like a dragon!” I love her! XOXO! As comical as she is, at times it's so painfully obvious to me that she is craving attention. She reminds me a little of my younger Ashlee back when I was working all the time. She was always getting into something. I eventually learned to take time out of my busy schedule once in a while to spend quality time with my children. The attention seeking gets worse as they grow older and can become very self-destructive. It's easy to get caught up in every day busy life, especially with the stress of today's world, but I try to remind myself often that my children are only little once. I know they just crave some one-on-one time with me. They want my complete focus ONLY on them once in a while. I've learned to slow it down, turn off my phone, and just enjoy the simple things in life with the people I love the most and who love me back unconditionally. My kids need me, and I want to be there for them.
Sometimes as parents, and I am guilty of this, we forget that there are little ears around that pick up on more than we'd like or even realize. This could really affect a child's behavior causing them to act out because it is their way of coping with things that they don't completely understand but seem worrisome to them. There are some adult conversations that children should not be involved in, or even be around to hear. That is another mistake I made with Ashlee. She seemed so wise beyond her years that at times I didn't take into consideration how young she really was. There were times when the adults would be talking and Ashlee, who I didn't even realize was listening, would try to interject into a conversation that was totally inappropriate for her to even be contributing to, as if she was on the same level as the adults. I should have never allowed that to happen, because she started to become very disrespectful by always feeling free to give her opinion in adult conversations, even at inappropriate times. Kids should never be involved in adult issues. They need to feel loved and safe. They need to just enjoy being kids.
Teresa said she was worried about the articles out there affecting her children. She had to explain to her daughters that the stories weren't real and they shouldn't worry. She told them they're just family memories. I couldn't figure out why she would keep putting articles out there, posing and exposing her kids on these covers, knowing it was hurting her family. There are better portraits you can take for memories. It worried me a little. I didn't say anything to her about it.