Last week I had occasion to be reminded of my six-year old’s capacity for stubbornness. Actually a few occasions. It is a challenging time for her. Her baby sister had her first birthday a few weeks ago and her big sister had her eighth birthday earlier this week. Her birthday is in August and it probably feels like forever until she gets to have her special day again.
Last Sunday we were getting ready to go to our friends’ house for dinner. I pointed out that she needed to do up her shoe before we headed out the door. One shoe was done up an the other was undone. This unreasonable request to do up two velcro straps set off a round of shouting – not just from her. She started shouting that she wouldn’t do it. I repeated my request and then she shoved me as her tantrum started ramping up. [Read more…]