I have recently heard Brooke (4 1/2 years old) or Caroline (2 1/2 years old) say things that have left me thinking, “We have to deal with this issue already?!” I give you the following vignettes:
Me (cheerfully): “Time to get ready for church!”
Brooke (grumpily): “Why? I hate church.”
Me (cheerfully): “It’s a nursery day!”
Caroline (grumpily): “No! I’m not singing! No singing!”
Brooke (out of breath from running to me after playing outside): “Mom! Wyatt [her five-year-old friend] said I look so cute. Let’s put polish on my nails so when I go out he’ll say, ‘Wow! You look SUPER cute!'”
I can’t handle this.
And don’t go telling me it will only get worse.