Sugar and Spice and Finally Nice
A while back I wrote about how I was concerned about Cakes’ alpha-babe tendencies. She had a nasty habit of pushing the other kids around, stealing toys, and generally being a big arse in social situations. I was actually a lot more concerned than I let on here. I hoped it was just a phase. I tried everything to change the behaviour, even actually following through on threats to leave the park. But Cakes’ quest for world-domination persisted, for months. I knew I wasn’t alone: I knew other moms with “assertive” daughters. Yet I was worried and even a little ashamed.
So, if you’re going through the same thing, you can relax. It is a phase, and they do grow out of it. Look! Photographic evidence!
Yes, that’s Cakes and WonderBaby, holding hands. And just a short year ago they were beating each other up in the park. She is even sharing her toys and, gasp, offering snacks to her friends!
I’m really relieved things have changed before she starts preschool. And maybe now I’ll get invited on a few more play dates: now there’s only one arse in this mother-daughter duo.