Natalie is 7. She's always been...spirited. (And sometimes she's just downright being a brat. I'll admit it.)
What happens when you have a spirited daughter?
Let me tell you.
--She'll probably wear too much perfume.
I bought her a small bottle at The Children's Place and she squeezes it all over her body. To the point where you can barely breathe. I explain that she only needs a little bit and she's all, "But it smells good!" Sometimes you need an air mask to sit near her.
--She'll use words against you.
I told her she could NOT cut Barbie's hair. She immediately exploded with, "The WHOLE WORLD gets to cut their Barbie's hair except me!" Then there was silence. Why?
"You said not to cut my Barbie's hair. This is a PONY!"
--She'll have the best imagination. She'll claim that Santa will be giving her REAL ice powers for Christmas.
You have to hope she'll forget to avoid an explosive meltdown.
--Dramatic things will come out of her mouth.
For example: "You're BUGGING my life," "You always say no to me. It's RUDE", and see above with the whole Barbie hair comment thing.
You'll probably laugh. This will insult her. She'll probably shout, "It's NOT FUNNY. I'm not TRYING TO BE FUNNY!"
--She probably cried a lot as a baby.
Nothing made Natalie happy at times. So basically there was a lot of walking around with a screeching baby. I never knew a baby could be THAT LOUD. Natalie informs me now, "It's because you weren't taking proper care of me." Um?
--She'll want to accessorize before leaving the house.
--She'll be a daredevil.
This means she'll probably end up in the ER. (Natalie has been there three times.) She wants to do what everyone else is doing. Natalie was determined to be able to go in the deep end of the pool, like the big kids. So she learned how to swim well, and now she's one of the smallest kids hanging in the deep end.
And climbing the wall.
Have a spirited child can wear on a person. It's tough. But it's also leads to some amusing moments.
Life is never dull.
But I admit, I'm a little nervous on how the teenage years are going to go.