My daughter, however, is another story...
Once again, children are a gift from God, blah blah blah. Now that I got that formality out of the way, let me tell you about my mini-me. She will be 7 in December, but I'm pretty sure she has aged a decade in the past year. The attitude!!! Here's my biggest beefs with this child:
- Socks. Every fourth school day she has P.E. Normally she wears flip flops, sandals or slip on shoes and no socks. On P.E. day she has to wear sneakers and socks. She complains about it EVERY TIME. Then she will spend a good 10 minutes fiddling with the seams until my head explodes or I put her shoes on and drag her out the door. And then with the shoes she spends another 10 minutes messing with the velcro straps. Now, I did not like wearing shoes and socks when I was little (still don't), but I don't recall throwing a fit about it when I had to. I just took them off as soon as I got home.
- Arguing. She argues about EVERYTHING. And I mean Ev...er...y...THING. You tell her the sky is blue and she will tell you that it's actually gray. So when I tell her to put her socks on for P.E. day she will try to tell me that she really doesn't need socks and she can wear the sneakers without them. If we are running late she will try to tell me that maybe if her brother went to a different school we wouldn't be late. Very contrary.
- She is such a ... meaniehead. This little girl can be vicious. It's amazing that someone so young can read people and exploit their weaknesses. She knows what buttons to push and boy does she! She doesn't really do this much with me, but she does it with pretty much everyone else. She can be so mean to her brother. Then it boggles my mind when she is mean to her friends because I would think she would want to keep them as friends. I wouldn't want to play with her!
- She picks on her brother. As mentioned above, she is super mean to L. Some days when she's mad she takes all her frustration out on him and makes him cry on a regular basis. She will tell him he can't come in her room and when her friends are over she will tell them to be mean to him too. Poor little guy looks up to her and loves her so much and that's what he gets in return.
I'm wondering if this post will get the same kind of reaction as when I wrote about my son. Are girls actually harder to raise than boys? I've always thought it was the opposite. I know as teenagers girls can be absolute witches, but I've met some boys that aren't very nice to their parents as teenagers either.
Who's in the same boat here?