I mentioned in my last post, I started replacing the siding on a home that I’ve worked at before. The family has the gift of hospitality with a capital H. When lunch time rolls around, it is expected I join them. Well today, the youngest girl informed me, she wanted to sit next to me because (and I’m quoting) “I wanted to sit by you, because I like you!” (Her name is Corine, she’s two years old.) As we sat there waiting for everyone to get a seat, she told me, she couldn’t wait to get back outside and play with her bubble toys.
For a two year old, I was struck by her vocabulary. I asked two of the older siblings later in the day who were helping me side, who she was most like compared to their other brothers and sisters. They weren’t quite sure, said Corine could get “sassy” sometimes.
As a dad myself of four, I thought I spotted a strong willed temperament the first two minutes of meeting Corine, and their comments about their baby sister Corine, all but confirmed it for me. 🙂
Hang on mom and dad. You may be in for a ride. The next sixteen (to twenty) years might test your metal…..
I’d never heard of a “strong willed child” until we had one.
Well, it’s 1:44 AM where I am. Mostly wanted to write about my new lunch buddy Corine.
She is a sweetie!
Any of you out there in parenting land have any strong willed children within your ranks currently or in the past? Any tips you’d care to share for the tired mom or dad that might stumble across this muse at a later date? DM