I have two rugrats, 7 plus years apart. One unique advantage of this age gap is that I can clearly observe the developmental pattern because the littler one isn’t getting it directly from the older, rather going through the steps on her own. For example, they both started dressing themselves in crazy outfits at a very young age, cut their own hair at the same age, and they both acquired an affinity for lopsided hairdos at 7 years. ETC…..
Now I find myself waiting in line at a quite elaborate library set up in my living room at precisely 7.7 years for both children. coincidently they are both bossy librarians who force me to return my books before I am even finished with them, and neither kept regular business hours.
The “library” that the now Teenager kept had detailed logs, and as The Associate comes sprinting along in her footsteps she keeps more abstract records, however, she does get points for creativity. The miniature air hockey table becomes a scanning machine and its paddle becomes the stamper. She does all this wearing the dress she “made” while holding it up with one hand.
After borrowing, not reading, and then returning the first 6 books in the Nancy Drew series, she put her hair up. On the right side we have a ponytail (she wouldn’t let me take a picture) and on the left we have it down, lightly brushed and a clip. I said “You look fabulous darling!”
And then I went to vote to support our local library, because I am a library girl too.