There are some things I know today.
I know that 8 year old girls can find life confusing and overwhelming sometimes, and that this can make them act like hormonal teenagers years before their time.
I know that managing sibling conflict is one of the most unrelenting and wearisome parts of having more than one child.
I know that when I am off my game, whether it's due to illness, or stress, or tiredness, or whatever really, that this disproportionately impacts the whole family dynamic.
I know that I find that a bit frightening sometimes.
I also know that while my children fight, they always make up, with each other and with me and with the world.
I know that my girls are learning to use an emotional vocabulary that is making it easier for them to express their feelings non-aggressively.
I know that love-notes from children are beyond sweet, especially when they are also apology notes for spouting-off that the child herself has recognised as hurtful.
I know that I love them all immensely, even when they are hurting me or each other, and that the difficult times are teaching me things about the unconditionality of love that I could not learn any other way.
I know they are beautiful people, each one of them, and that I'm privileged to be a part of their lives.
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