Saturday, July 14, 2007
Lately Hannah has taken to talking back to me. Not in the sense that she is being disrespectful so much as that she is really just arguing with me. I say something like, "Hannah, pick up those toys." To which she'll respond, "well...I'm just 4 years old and 4 years old can't do that!" So I tell her, "you are 4 years old and 4 year olds are big girls and they pick up their toys." She responds something along the line of, "well, I'm just tired and I can't pick that up!" Etc. This may go back and forth a time or two. Until I decide...I'm done arguing with her. I'm bigger and she will be picking up her toys if I have to hold her hand and physically make her hands pick them up. Tonight we were in the car and I told Hannah to do something and she began with her usual, "well..." So I told her in my sternest mommy voice, "I'm not arguing with you. Do not say 'well' again. I do not want to hear that word again...ever" So she stops and thinks for a minute and says, "but..."
Ugh, I give up!
The point wasn't that I didn't want her to say "well", I didn't want her to argue with me and give me all the reasons why she couldn't do what I asked her to do. They are so literal!!!
| posted by shawnthegreat at 12:11 AM
Nicole had this to say:
I'd like to say that it gets better, but I can't. We are still dealing with those comments from an almost 6 yr old. It is hard and trying on your patience. Everything will be literal for a while. I know how you feel.
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