Miss Rose is a speed crook. Speed ninja crook.
If she is doing something she knows is naughty, and believe me she knows, and you catch her she will move at lightning speed to attempt to complete whatever crime she is in the midst of before you can get to her.
“No Rose, don’t climb on that. Rose, do not climb on that. ROSE! GET DOWN! ROSE GET DOWN NOW!” And thus she is removed from whatever object she has scaled at speeds Spiderman would be impressed by.
“Rose darling, please leave your shoes on. Rose, do not take those shoes off. ROSE! SHOES!… Rose, go and get your shoes back please.”
I do not want to be a helicopter mum. I don’t want to lurk over her like a large, caffeine fuelled shadow that jumps in before she manages to do anything not ideal. I would like to be able to give her instructions that are obeyed. (I have a relatively vivid memory of my childhood, and a very good memory of my teenage years, and realise that this is an ask of the tallest order… but still).
The thing that frustrates me is I do not give her instructions that are not for a good reason. I don’t believe in exerting power just for power’s sake. If she wants to wear something peculiar then she wears it. If she wants to play with the toy at the back of the shelf then I will rummage to obtain it for her. There is no reason to argue over things that don’t matter.
Climbing? Dangerous. Throwing her shoes? Wet tights.
These are genuine instructions for genuine reasons, and the little madam goes like The Flash to disobey. Then looks smug. Then screeches with blind white fury because I correct the situation.
If it is this bad now… wait until she’s a teen.
“Rose, that is underwear not clothes. Rose, go and put a cardigan on over that now. ROSE! CLOTHES! NOW!”
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