It's been a while since we've had one-on-one time with the kids and I didn't realize how much I've missed it until I went grocery shopping with K the other day. It is amazing how mature she is when she is by herself, with no one to distract her and make her act crazy. She helped me with the groceries, we talked, we were silly, we accomplished a common goal. She said things that just made me pause for a moment and take notice that she is indeed growing up. She is almost 5 years old. At home, she and her sister and brothers play a lot so they are mostly engrossed in their own world. It's hard to keep a conversation too, because someone inevitably hijacks the conversation, and then the screaming, the yelling...(from all parties).
Being alone with one of the kids allow us to connect in a deeper level. It sounds odd, but it's an opportunity to know them individually and appreciate their differences, more than their similarities.