Today for me is the beginning of a wonderful five days off of work, timed well with the Bank Holiday Monday. It’s only 1pm at the start of writing this blog and already I’m at the end of my tether. My daughter is very much making me aware of why and how much I appreciate going to work. My little one starts school in a matter of weeks and we’ve being trying to “iron out” the last of the toddler habits that have seem to have become more and more regular. You know the things, habits like whinging over silly little events, not being very patient, stropping like a spoilt little madam when being told no to something and answering back to name a few.
For me it’s the answering back that gripes me the most. Not just because it’s rude and disrespectful, but she’s extremely quick and clever with her answers! It’s as if she knows what I am about to say before I have even said it and computed a response to extract the maximum amount of stress from me possible. Everyone has always said how intelligent our little girl is, but I never thought it would come back to haunt us.
Tidying up is next on my list of grievances. How hard is it to put something away once you have finished with it. She’s repeatedly told to put her stuff away but does it sink in? Ohhh no! Aghhhhh!?!?! When my other half reads this, I know she will be giving me look of “reeeeally”- I somewhat lack lust at doing this myself, but as the saying goes:
“Do as I say not as I do”
The use of crying and slurred words as opposed to actual words – Oh I despise this, she has a fine vocabulary. Trust me this is voiced many a time with words used to answer me back, however when it comes to asking for something she knows she shouldn’t have or has been told to wait for something, she transforms into some sort of drunk crying over something silly.
She constantly keeps changing what she wants to do. You’ll spend 15 minutes preparing something nice for her to do, something that she has asked to do by the way. Whether it be painting, drawing, play dough or Barbie’s within minutes she’s off and wants to play or do something else. Of course she doesn’t help tidy up, see above haha!
Don’t get me wrong, It may sound like I’m making my eldest child out to be some sort of monster when she really isn’t. This is only some of the time she is somewhat annoying. For most parts of the day (well when I come home from work) she’s an angel. I think it’s because she is so astute I tend to forget she is still a little girl and still finding her feet with boundaries and behaviour. This doesn’t stop it being bloody frustrating 🙂
Am I being to harsh or too expectant of my soon to be school girl? Let me know your thoughts!