Math homework crisis turns into proud parenting moment

 It’s not unusual for the youngest child in a large family to sometimes feel like an afterthought. They are the ones who often receive the hand-me-down clothing from their siblings, the ones whose baby albums are largely untouched, if they got one at all. They are the ones who often have to learn to “go with the flow” at a very early age, being toted from one activity to the next.

And I’m discovering that with my youngest child, my 7-year-old daughter, is seemingly “growing up” faster than either of her older siblings did at that age. Even though she’s only in second grade, she enjoys playing in her teenage sister’s makeup, or wearing her older sister’s jewelry. Long gone are the days of hairbows and “cute” kid clothing. Sure, she still carries around her favorite stuffed animal, even to school, and is scared to go to sleep in the dark. But when she speaks, she speaks like she’s 7 going on 17. I guess I have her big sister to thank for that.

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