In the last week I've been made acutely aware by my daughter that our family is different.
She and her imaginary friend Asa won "two trophies, and there were only two trophies" at her imaginary gymnastics. (Her friends take tumbling classes.)
She was bummed because we couldn't go on rides at the church carnival (Mom doesn't carry cash.)
She's made it clear that everyone else has TV's in their rooms.
Despite all the upheaval in our lives the last year, as parents we've worked hard to create a sense of normalcy within reason. Sure, there are some things we wouldn't do based on principle (like the TV thing). But there are others that we know truly that we would love her to be able to experience.
We've worked hard to create memories as a family. We bake cookies. We garden. We see cows. We attend local events and go to the farmers market and other activities. We create art. We play.
But sometimes, it doesn't seem enough. Like when your daughter asks why you don't have money to go on the carosel. (Does it help that she's terrified by the merry-go-round at the park?) Or she asks why she can't do something her friend two doors down can.
How do you break reality to your preschool-age child? That their values may not be your own? And that some things are just not in your control?