It is difficult to get through a day with my daughter without clashing about something. She wants (or thinks she wants) complete freedom to do and eat and wear whatever she desires, whenever she desires. But, and here's the kicker, she also wants us to be her devoted servants and do her royal bidding. (Four year olds would make such great princesses.)
So, for example, her parent is supposed to let her get food and drinks out of the fridge on her own, but must be available at a moment's notice to pick up a toy or book that has slipped to the floor. After all, we can't expect Her Royal Highness to move her body to pick it up herself!
Yeah. So, I let her get food and drinks out sometimes, but I usually pour them or portion them out. And I will sometimes do things for her, but not always, because she is very capable and shouldn't expect to be completely catered to.
Sometimes we argue and sometimes we hug and kiss like we've been separated for months. Sometimes I crave some alone time, when my every movement isn't monitored and commented upon, but other times when she is sleeping, I miss her.
Her Favorite Things
- Books: Right now she seems to enjoy a variety of things, possibly because she got new things for Christmas. But Dr. Seuss is a big favorite: Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, The Foot Book, etc.
- Audio books: Angelina Ballerina stories, the original Winnie the Pooh stories
- TV: My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Little Einsteins, Zoboomafoo, Zula Patrol
- Music: Angels We Have Heard on High, Go Tell It On the Mountain were her favorite carols at Christmas. She likes making up her own songs. She'll boogie to almost anything upbeat. I got home from grocery shopping to find husband playing the maraca and G. playing an assortment of drums.
- Toys: Her new dollhouse, Bob the Builder figurines (made a recent comeback in popularity), the wooden make-your-own pizza set, Candyland game, dolls and stuffed animals
- Activities: Drawing, coloring, painting, pretending to write in small notebooks, looking at books, goofing around with Daddy, sledding, watching the birds at the bird feeder, jumping around the living room