Click to visit the Siren Stories website and read more work by J.J. Barnes and check out her latest novels.

Click to visit the Siren Stories website and read more work by J.J. Barnes and check out her latest novels.

I am fairly certain that should an Orwellian leadership threaten to arise, it is toddlers who will lead the charge and successfully topple them.

I have a lot of respect for people who question authority and challenge what is the expected. We should all question what we are told, why we are told it, and analyse for ourselves whether we agree with it. Blindly following orders, never questioning what we are told, that is what leads us to unnecessary wars, and mass abuse of innocents. We should ALWAYS question, ALWAYS think for ourselves.

That is unless you’re a two year old, then you should just shush and do what I say.

Miss Rose has no problem with challenging authority and questioning what she is told. She has no problem with investigating for herself to discover whether she is being lied to. Tell her something is too hot to touch, and you can be damn sure she will do everything in her power to touch it just to see if you’re right. Tell her not to run off because it’s dangerous, and you’ll be haring across a car park after her screaming. Despite having limited language, advanced for her age for sure but limited compared to an adult, she is able to hold her own in an argument and fight her corner admirably.

It would be admirable anyway if it wasn’t her parents she was arguing with… when it’s just it’s just frustrating to the point of tears.

Photo credit Mint Chip Designs

Photo credit Mint Chip Designs

Technically I want to nurture this fighting spirit. I want her to grow strong, smart and willing to fight for her rights and her needs. I want her to be freethinking and not automatically follow instructions blindly. I want to encourage it.

I also want to squash it and make her stop challenging me on every damn thing, all the damn time.

But I must be fair to her. She does sometimes do things she is told and she can do them with a smile and a chirpy “okay mummy”. However, I get the feeling these are things she wants to do anyway and I am just getting in there first with my instruction before she goes and does it off her own bat.

I admire her spirit, her strength of will. She is a bossy, strong, independently minded little girl who is sure to grow into a bossy, strong and independently minded woman. She will grow into the kind of woman I wish I was. She will grow to be a leader if I can foster this spirit and nurture it so it grows. I just have to get through this stage. I may cry, she may scream, but we will get through it.

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Thanks as always for reading, and I’ll speak to you soon I hope!



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