Let me start off by saying that my daughter is a great kid. She’s very sweet and gentle, and not a wild child at all. Now that I’ve said that, let me just say that even with the greatest kids in the world, it is still possible to lose your mind!
Lately I have been noticing a lot of changes in her attitude and behavior. Most of the changes are very cute and are just a normal part of growing up. Now that she is getting older, she is more interested in playing with other kids. And I mean, really playing, not that thing that kids under 2 years old do, where they play within a very close square footage of each other, but couldn’t really care less that the other is there. Ava is now playing interactively with other kids and having real conversations with them. Just the other day I heard her talking with another 3 year old about our federal health care and whether Obama should really be signing in that health care bill in the U.S..
Ava: You know that federal health care is very beneficial to all our citizens.
Other kid: Yes, but the United States do not want to enter into socialism, it is against their beliefs.
Ava: Very true, we will have to re-convene on this subject at a later date.
I kid, I kid… Of course they talk about normal kid topics, even though I would like to think that my kid is a super genius child. Later on today I will change my status on Facebook to brag about some sort of accomplishment Ava had, like “Laura is so proud that Ava counted to a bazillion today!!!!!!” I will admit that I am guilty of bragging about my kid on Facebook, but I have seen some posts from parents that make me want to puke. Let’s just say that when your status gets to be longer than 20 lines, it’s a bit overboard. We got the point after the 1st line!
Okay, so back to Ava’s changing behavior. She’s starting to play more with kids, she is starting to stand up for herself a bit more, which also means that she is starting to talk back to me. Let me just say that this is a wonderful phase (please insert sarcastic tone here), which I am guessing probably won’t end for about another 15-16 years? Yay for me!!!!!!!
She isn’t talking back as in she is telling me off or making arguments, but she is definitely giving me a hard time. Ignoring me or saying “No” is a regular occurrence. What happened to my little girl that would listen and do anything I would ask her to do? I guess this is the part where parents start talking about ripping their hair out? I am starting to envision how this is going to turn me into a madwoman. Do they sell prescription drugs for this because I think I am going to need them one day. Please, pharma companies out there, if you are reading this, please start the research on this. And if you could make us a drug that will not cause us diarrhea, nausea, insomnia, amnesia, trouble turning your head right, urgency to break out into song anytime, spontaneous combustion, planned combustion, melting of exoskeleton, exploding eyeballs, and any of the other undesirable side effects, that would be much appreciated.
So, the journey into my upcoming psychosis begins. Hopefully, I can stay sane most of the time. If not, god help anyone that knows me, I apologize for my future actions ahead of time….