Dropping my daughter off at either pre-school or daycare is always an entertaining thing. Some days it is all smiles and others it is all tears. Her smiles and tears mind you. Recently, she started “just one more kiss” and “just one more hug,” and it is so cute.
My daughter will cling to me and just hug and hug and hug me until the daycare provider has to pull her from me. She says, “Just one more hug mommy.” Sometimes she lies and says, “This is the last hug mommy.” It’s never the last hug – there is always one more… She does this with kisses too, and it just melts my heart! It really helps me reinforce to her that I will stay that extra moment, that I love her, and that I will come back for her which I think helps her feel more secure with me leaving her with her care providers.
But where there is heart melting, there is patience testing lol
“Just one more…” also works to test my patience… “Just one more minute.” “Just one more candy.” “Just one more episode.” The list goes on and on. I swear I say “no” more than any other word.
But even in the annoying and patience testing stages, “Just one more…” has become a standard of learning for my 4 year old. She counts the tangible “just one more’s” and proudly displays them for all to see. “Just one more episode” helps to reinforce her bedtime and a bedtime routine at the end of the night. “Just one more minute” lets me teach her easily about telling time and number recognition. There is so much for her to learn, and my daughter doesn’t even realize she is creating the blueprints for me to help teach her with all of her “just one more’s,” and it is amazing to see her grow!