It’s wise to encourage bonding whenever an opportunity is presented as it is easy for children to fear replacement and for your intended to feel as if she is intruding. It my be especially helpful to encourage mother-daughter bonding from the very start of the relationship.
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Darcy had put in a film as she did the dishes because she wasn’t entirely sure how else to handle being alone in the house with a kid. But what little girl didn’t like Disney, right? And Belle liked books. It was the go-to book loving girl’s princess movie. And hey! Hel was kinda an actual princess that loved books.
Her parenting skills? Practically genius.
She’d finished scrubbing last night’s casserole dish and had decided to make cookies when blue hands appeared on the side of the kitchen island and the top half of Hel’s face peeked over.
“Is the movie over already, sweetie?”
“Why was a ten year old left in charge of the castle?”
Darcy blinked, not entirely sure where the question had come from. “And where were his parents? Why did the villagers not know their ruler lived less than a day’s ride from them? Why did no one go to the castle after the curse? They could not have grown all the food there so surely merchants would have known of their troubles, at the very least. Also, if there were no young ladies there at the time of the curse, where did the new dresses come from? And is everything in the castle a servant? Is there now a man that must live with the memory of spending ten years as a toilet?”
Hel was watching her eagerly, eyes wide as she clearly expected the answers. Darcy should have guessed Loki’s kid wouldn’t just sit and enjoy things like normal. Oh no. “Those are… interesting points.”
“Do you not know?”
“I think I’m too hungry to figure all of those things out right now.” Darcy grinned at a real stroke of genius. She pulled a chair up to her side of the bar. “Why don’t you come help make the cookies?”
“What are cookies?”
When Loki returned hours later, he found the pair eating cookie dough by the spoonful, painting each others toenails bright green, and exclaiming over a sad man who’d spent so long as a toilet bowl.