Day by day I see Tim do things and say things that show me how much he is maturing. These things are huge because as parents we always want to feel like we are doing something right with our kids.
A few examples:
One morning, I was scolding the boys about how they treat the living room. The one room that we actually try to keep nice and they treat it like a wrestling ring and gymnastics floor. Well, I went back into the bathroom to get ready and came out to find it actually looking nice... Tim had gone and cleaned it up, straightened all the couch cushions and straightened up the coffee table.
Recently we went school shopping, and as we went through the checkout line, Tim was shocked at how much I spent. We then went over to ToysRUs to shop for my niece's birthday. Tim then asked me if he could buy Evie's presents with his own money because I had spent so much money on them. I told him that it was a very sweet offer, but it was my job to buy them school supplies so they could do well. He insisted on buying one of her presents, so I let him buy one of the smaller ones.
Finally, Sammy has decided to also play football this year. (more on that in another post). Now, Tim is just man-handling the kids on his team. Sammy is bigger than 50% of his team, so you can imagine how Tim is compared to them. Anyway, Tim and I had a conversation the other day about how he is worried about Sam getting hurt. I had to tell him, that he probably will and he'll probably cry. But he won't get any more hurt than Tim did and that the coached never put any kid in a position where they can't handle it.
So, my little boy is going into 3rd grade and is totally becoming a mature little person... (no pun intended)