Once I had the youngest two down for a nap, I set Miss Busy on the couch with a stack of books and started preparing the table for a rather in depth reading. Miss Busy stayed on the couch just long enough for me to gather my supplies from the dresser and then she was all up in my business. Looking and touching and learning, but I just wasn't in a teaching mode. I told her to sit quietly and watch.
She sat big eyed and silent for about 30 seconds before bouncing over the the record player and spinning some Fleetwood Mac we can call that witchy music today. I gave her the mommy means business look and pointed dramatically at her chair. She sat quietly before beginning to rearrange my set up. I reminded her not to touch andprep to get started. Somewhere in all this, I failed to get a good light on two separate charcoal disks.
She was doing pretty well at the not touching part, but keeping quiet was getting the best of her. After shushing her for the third or fourth time, I explained once again that it had to be quiet so I could focus. It didn't make her any quieter, just redirected her whispered chatter. "Mommy, focus." She reminded me over and over. When I reminded her to be quetshe shushed me . As the cards rustled she very severely shushed them as well.
The settling factor ended up being the threat of a nap. Surprisingly, I did end up with a good reading. Maybe Miss Busy learned something from watching, but I learned alot from her presence. Firstly that my ability to focus is not as fragile as I believed. Secondly, that it is time to get Miss Busy more actively involved with the craft.