Why does it feel sad to me? I guess it is because I know with the door closing on dress up, tea parties and make-believe, it also begins to close on innocence. They begin to understand that the world isn't always this kind place and that the mean people in fairy tales really do exist. It would be nice if I could shelter them from all harm, but I know it is not humanly possible, so I do what I can to protect them. I teach them skills on how to survive in this world, how to love, how to accept pain and how to have healthy relationships with others. I teach them that their parents always love them, no matter what.
In the meantime, as long as they want, I will still have tea parties with them.