Our master plan of outsourcing our parenting of Ellie to Margaret is coming nearer and nearer to fruition. I originally imagined it as a reading system -- Margaret would learn to read, and then would delight in reading her younger sister the eleventy billion renditions of The Very Hungry Caterpillar that Ellie's soul craves. It seemed like a dream come true.
And that has happened somewhat. Margaret will read Ellie a bedtime story, but usually only with our help, which means that the labor-saving aspect of this system really hasn't kicked in.
But this weekend, we saw a new side of the arrangement, and I'm hooked.
I mean, there's the slight problem that she can't steer it effectively (or at all) and she sees no reason to avoid obstacles anyway, and she doesn't have a lot of sense that a breakable Ellie is in the front, but it's a good step, right?