Monday, March 1, 2010
the book of NO
call in the child psychologists and the round up the parenting experts! my first grade artsygirl has discovered the power of writing and she has published her first exposé of life under my oppressive thumb. she has been cutting her writing teeth on safe topics in the short stories "fire ants are bad", "snowflakes are good", and "snuggle trouble", and she's told me of a work-in-progress at school about her distress when i set off the the fire alarm. but last weekend i moved front and center as the antagonist when i gave her one NO too many. she ran off with a sniff to her writing materials and reappeared at record speed with this blistering attack on my management style. we read through it together and i laughed harder than i have in months.
i laughed not only because i adore her, not only because i love how she expresses her thoughts and her humor in this way, but also because it is all true. i won't let her outside in her underwear. negative on ball playing in the house. i flip out over messy floors that are abandoned to make more messy floors, and if we had a fish named fishy i would not encourage her to jump up and down on a stepstool and swish her hand around in fishy's bowl. the only thing i cried foul on was "bad girl". in that kind of situation i usually say, "i want to know who did this and i want to know NOW". straight out of the old school parenting handbook. otherwise this is a spot-on portrayal of the chief bosshole i never thought i'd become, but have had to, to keep some form of smooth operating structure around here. and although this story certainly won't win me any bloggy parenting awards, it is a shining example of how a child's creativity can vanquish the iron fist.
Posted by aimee