Lately my (just turned) five year old has been less than grateful and kind of a sour puss. Her default attitude seems to be pissed off. She can very easily turn to an absolute sweetheart telling you she loves you more than the biggest piece of chocolate cake, but it breaks my heart that her default mood seems to be unhappy. I really hope this is a phase and this discontent does not follow her through life. I see so much of myself in her: stubborn with a tendency to keep score.
On the Saturday of her fifth birthday party she woke up happy and ready to get going. She dressed herself quickly. When it was finally time to leave, she refused to get up off of the floor and put her shoes on. We couldn’t believe she was giving us crap about getting ready to go to her own birthday party.read more