Ok, she kind of is. But she had me read M. R. Nelson’s book, Petunia, the Girl Who Was NOT a Princess, to her class today for her birthday. This was my second time reading that book to that particular class. I reminded her that she’d selected it the last time, and perhaps she might want to spice things up a bit, but no. When my daughter wants something, it’s really pointless to argue. Mommy, do not bring another book, she warned me. I tried to vary the performance by having my husband read the story this time, but he’d read one page to the class when she interrupted and said she wanted mommy to read it. So there we go.
We are celebrating her fourth birthday today. My husband and I both went to her class, in part because she was very clear that “Birthdays are when your mommy and daddy both come to your class.” We had her party yesterday at a bouncy gym where they let the birthday child sit in a throne. She asked about this several times, was she going to get to sit on the big chair, and I think it may have been the highlight of the event. She is quite the little character. Her “executive leadership skills” are sometimes difficult to deal with, but I also think they will serve her well in life. I want to be careful not to completely train her out of them. No, it’s not OK to scream at your mother or babysitter if we pull the wrong pajamas out of the drawer. On the other hand, it’s not a bad thing for a girl to know what she wants and believe she should get it.
Do you have any girls with “executive leadership skills” in your life? How are you civilizing them while keeping the spunk?
In other news: Have you ever successfully raised your rates? Do you have advice for other freelancers or entrepreneurs on how to lay the groundwork now to raise rates in 2016? I’m writing an article and would love suggestions. As always, email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.
Photo: Total blast from the past…