Today my daughter, Payton, celebrates her sixth birthday. How six years flew by this fast astonishes me. How incredible my six-year old daughter already is amazes me. How such a tiny person, with so little life experience, can already be someone that people, like myself, look up to, is incredible. If you want to know why I have so much respect and admiration for her, then you can read more about that here.
Year five was a big year for this girl, and now, with year six beginning, I am sure it will bring with it, it’s own excitement and surprises.
Payton and I took a little time this past weekend to talk about turning six and below, is where I happily share our chat where I asked her “six questions for a six-year old”.
Me: What are you most excited about for first grade?
Her: The “test fairy” they told us about at school. Oh yeah, and the “desk fairy”.
Me: What are you nervous about for first grade?
Me: How do you feel about the possibility of not having your same friends in class with you next year?
Her: Kind of sad, but happy to make new friends.
Me: Are you excited to turn six next week? Why?
Her: Yes. Because I like being six. Because being six is fun.
Me: What do you think will change now that you will be six?
Her: I will have to do more stuff. Like I will have more homework and stuff.
Me: What are six things that you like most about yourself?
- That I have a brother and a sister.
- That I am nice.
- I like being me.
- That I am able to make friends.
- That I am able to help whenever my parents need it.
- That I am able to help my brothers and my sisters.
I encourage you to do a little Q&A with your kiddos, too, on or near their birthday. It causes them to be slightly introspective and fills you in on their perspective on their upcoming life change. To adults, birthdays may not be or mean much, but to children, a birthday signifies a right of passage, as well as hope for more memories, more opportunities, more friends, more experiences — basically MORE EVERYTHING. And what kid doesn’t want more?
As I mentioned above, year five was big for us and it brought with it lots of accomplishments and triumphs for our little “P”.
Here are some of the those triumphs:
- She learned to read independently.
- Her self-confidence grew.
- She became more vocal about her opinions.
- She began to learn, understand and appreciate more about the world around her, including the people in it.
- She mastered riding a bike with training wheels.
- She improved her math skills.
- She danced on stage doing a solo performance, in front of a huge crowd, for the first time.
- She lost her first tooth and three others.
- She tried new foods — like a peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich.
- She mastered the monkey bars all by herself.
- She did the tree-top zip-line trails at Busch Gardens.
- She completed her swim lessons.
- She was finally too tall to ride certain kiddie rides at amusement parks.
- She received four stellar school report cards in a row.
It is imperative that we, as parents, make a point to talk to our children about their accomplishments. It is crucial to their self-awareness, self-confidence and self-trust that they are cognizant of the ways in which they are wonderful, unique and talented. In order to ensure this, we have to force the conversation and ultimately make sure that they know, understand and can recall are the marvelous things about them and all of the wonderful things they have done.
Payton and I also discussed her aspirations for sixth year and here is a list of some of the things we are looking forward to her hopefully accomplishing:
- She is hoping to be able to ride a bike with no training wheels.
- She is dying to loose more teeth.
- She wants to have her first sleepover with a friend.
- She wants to succeed at putting herself to bed, without the help of Mommy or Daddy.
- She wants to have a successful first grade year.
- She wants to help make her own meals when feasible.
- She wants to improve her computer skills (she has started a blog like Mommy! 🙂 ).
- She wants to improve her dance skills — do another solo and maybe a duet or trio.
- She is excited about making new friends.
These years are passing quickly and I am not sure if they are moving faster for her or for me, but I will assume the latter. With each birthday my kids have, I am reminded that as fast as this six years went, another six years will go by and then another and then my little baby will be eighteen and a legal adult…that is just crazy — and slightly frightening, but exciting at the same time.
Happy 6th Birthday my sweet angel. You are mommy’s world. You are mommy’s best friend. I am so excited for what year six will bring you and for what you are offering to this world.
I LOVE YOU!!