Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Who are you, and what have you done with my daughter?
I need to get this down on the blog before I forget when it started...the pre-teen attitude. I can't believe that my sweet sweet girl is getting the attitude already. She's been a delightful child for the past 8 years, aside from those 3 months of horrible colick, and now...I'm seeing glimpses of my future. She has tried to wear play makeup out of the house twice in the past week (that didn't fly), spoken to me with an indignant tone on several occasions (which is very unlike her), and taken to spending a lot more time alone in her room (instead of playing happily with her siblings). Granted, she is still a gem in the spectrum of child behavior, but nonetheless I'm displeased with these recent developments. She's starting to test her limits. I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. I'm officially about to enter a different phase of parenting. Sigh. I'm feeling like I should have a plan for this, to make sure I see her safely into becoming a kind, intelligent, responsible adult...but I don't have a plan. As with everything I've done raising her, it's my first rodeo, and I'm just trying to act like I know what I'm doing. It's worked so far. I've adjusted my methods for the other 3 peas based on their individual personality needs...but I always have to go through everything with B first by trial and error. Poor kid. It's a miracle I haven't screwed her up by now. I guess I have my parents to thank for that.