I try not to say “the girls” or “the boys” but it is hard when both the girls are so similar and the boys are so similar. It could be argued that it is the way I have “nurtured” them but they have grown up in different circumstances and been parented by different people, so I think this one comes down to nature and genes!
If you have been following me for a while you will remember posts about Kiaras memorable tantrums and her incredible strong will. Emma seems to have that same strong, fiery spirit but dare I say it is a little stronger than Kiaras is. She knows exactly what she wants, who she wants it from and when she wants its and she will not budge at all. It is cute but it is also frustrating to parent her.
On Saturday we all went to watch Cameron swim and we bought her a KitKat, with the understanding it would be shared. Well I managed to quickly grab two fingers for Jack and Kiara before she ripped it away and told me it was hers. David then attempted to get some, she very quickly started shoveling as much chocolate as she could while yelling at him to leave her alone. Everyone around us thought it rather amusing but it really wasn’t cute.
Last week while David was trying to cook she was literally standing on his feet, he asked her numerous times to move, she refused. Eventually he burnt his hand with some sauce and tripped over her so he shouted at her to move. She refused. She stood her ground and would not budge!
She orders the other kids around. If she wants to sit where Jack is sitting, he must move. If she then wants to sit where Kiara is sitting, she must move and she puts up a huge commotion if we refuse. Her and Cameron have daily stand offs because she must sit on his spot. We obviously don’t give in but there are times where it is just easier for us all because she has stamina and can moan and whinge and whine for that spot for a really long time. Cameron just puts his earphones up now.
I hear you all saying “don’t break her spirit” and I completely agree but there are still rules in life, things that need to be done and not done, as the case my be. She needs to unfortunately learn that. We can’t all be dancing to the tune of the two year and playing musical chairs all day. It is a fine line and one that I struggle to always maintain.
She is ridiculously cute though and definitely makes sure we are never short of things to laugh about. She is, however, still calling people poo. David tried to explain the neighbours name is Jaco but she is set on poo!
She calls the Gautrain the Howtrain and is convinced that that is what we are going to my mom on. I don’t actually think she knows what a normal train looks like.