Monday, April 20, 2009

You're Fired!

My friend's mom once said to me that "You'd rather have a child with spirit than a child that doesn't because you know that someday they'll be a strong adult." This has become my daughter's saving grace. Emma's five years old and one of the most "spirited" kids I've got. She's my first child, so she is blazing quite a trail for the other two following her.

At five, she is surprisingly sure of herself and definately knows who and what she likes; not to mention, she is brutally honest about both of these. Case in point: she fired our nanny. She was sure she wasn't being treated fairly and she voiced this. When she didn't convince the nanny of this, she spewed "YOU ARE FIRED." This happened in front of my son's preschool and in front of all the parents and teachers. Are you picturing the looks and hearing the gasps of the spectators? I know I did and I couldn't help but laugh. This was the first time she's ever had a public display like this and thankfully the nanny didn't budge. Once I rehired the nanny, we all got a good laugh out of it--not in front of Emma of course. That night we had a long talk about being respectful and about appropriate behavior.

While this "spirit" is tough on me (and clearly the nanny) right now, I can't help but be proud of the woman I think she's going to be someday. I love that she stands up for herself and others if they need it. She doesn't worry yet about what people think of her or how she may be viewed. She is genuinely happy and genuinely loves. If she keeps any or all of these qualities as a grown woman, I will have done my job as her mom--and a working mom at that!

1 comment:

  1. this post is so MR....our 'spirited one'. hang in there. i will be good someday.