Monday, July 28, 2008


Little P. is having a pretty great summer. Swim lessons in the morning, bubbles in the afternoon. In addition she spends a lot of time arguing with us about everything and generally being very obstinate. According to "Your Six Year Old", an old book from the Gestalt institute, this is normal. The subtitle to this book is "lovable and defiant."

Evidently, a five and a half year old's relationship with her mother is complicated. On one hand she loves and needs me dearly. The next minute she is screaming that she hates me. Growing up is very very hard. And believe me, just because I teach Kindergarten doesn't mean I have all the answers. It is extremely different dealing with your own child. This girl is whip smart ("scary smart" Nice Dad calls her) and it is impossible to pull one over on her. It takes a lot of patience and a deep well of love to keep up with her shenanigans.

She is sweet as a cupcake, but can turn into a prickly pear in a heartbeat. Funny, creative, musical, infuriating. Constantly in motion, louder than you can believe, and endless mess maker. Button pusher extraordinaire, and when she curls up with me in the morning she smells like a brown sugar cookie.

I think we'll keep her.


Blogger Green Kitchen said...

I've got the same five-and-a-halfer over here. Sigh. Except, instead of saying he hates me, he quietly and with calculation tells me that he doesn't really like me. And, the bike trip to a playdate up to Wilder doesn't really make up for all the other days. Sigh.

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Blogger Bean said...

I have the same five point fiver at my house. She really does know everything and challenges everything we say, any time of the day. She knows best, is very scary smart and is super-sensitive. Sometimes, when I look at her, I see a glimpse of the little toddler she used to be peering out from inside the confident 5 year old that she is now. What an amazing learning experience this is!!

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