Who's in charge here?
After two weekends in a row at Daddy's house, my 4-year-old daughter suddenly thinks she is the boss. She has always been a bit bossy, but this is a whole new level of "Isis in charge."
"Go to bed, Mommy."
"Get yourself some water, Mommy."
"Go sit over there."
At daycare today, she said, "shhh. Be quiet." When I told her that wasn't very nice, she said, "be quiet, please." The teacher laughed her butt off.
Orion is taking it in stride. He's 2. So, saying "no" is just par for the course with him, but I am starting to feel a little like the errant child. I keep saying "no" to instructions, not requests.
I really don't like having to assert my mominance. When I tell my kids it is bedtime, I am not very happy to hear "no, it's TV time." That doesn't really fly.
Orion likes to take those moments to grab my phone or Isis' blanket and insist that it is now "Orion's" phone or blanket. Everybody ends up grumpy when the counting starts.
Not that I wouldn't like someone else to be in charge. I'm totally ready to hand over our finances to Isis. I figure that a 4-year-old couldn't make any more of a mess than the legal battles, roof leaks, car repairs, winter clothes, and more legal battles have already made. Maybe she could actually figure out how to pay for any of this mess.
But, I think things will go better if I'm in charge. When Isis told me to go to bed, I told her that I had to drive her to ballet. She said, "I can drive. I'm just slow." Yeah. I think I better be awake, very alert, and in charge of this situation.