At the end of this week the big one turns seven. All the standard cliches apply, time flies etc. Mainly I’m thinking WTF! How do I have a seven year old? Living with a six year old has been interesting. There’s been a lot of highs and a lot of lows, but not much in the middle!
Here’s six observations I have made about living with ‘Six’…
The creature known commonly as ‘Six’ has developed a strong set of opinions since he evolved from the common five year old. These opinions are very black and white in nature, and are steadfast. Six is happy to give these opinions to anyone, relatives or complete strangers. The effect of all these opinions is that Six can become very argumentative if his opinions and what he deems as ‘right’ are disagreed with by ANYONE. These arguments are often shouted, and closed with statements like, “Well you’re not the boss of me”.
Parents of threenagers be warned. You thought toddlers had a penchant for the theatricals. They’ve got nothing on Six. Six can be happy and proclaim that this is “The best day ever.” All though when angered six can often be heard saying “this is the worst day of my life”. These two statements can be heard within the same day, in fact they have been known to occur within the same hour. Six has been known on one of the “worst days of his life” to declare, “I’m not part of this family anymore” and storm upstairs to pack a bag. Although owners of six might find this mildly amusing, it might also be advisable to hide the keys.
3 The Big World
Although the world very much revolves around Six, they are beginning to understand more about the big wide world and the differences between people. Status among peers is earned by being the eldest, the tallest, or the cleverest. The criteria for the latter is normally based on knowledge of Ninjago characters. Six’s understanding of the big wide world is still somewhat limited and you may find yourself wondering around the playground looking for a Chinese child that they want to invite for tea, only to discover that child is in fact Polish.
Six is known to test out their big boy shoes and exert a fierce streak of independence. This is normally in the form of wanting to do something that there is no way on this earth you are letting them do until they are at least
eighteen ten. This independence leads to yet more arguments, many centered around how to brush your teeth properly. Most of these arguments require you to say “no” at least 27 times, and all are closed with the infamous catchphrase of Six, “It’s not fair.” Six has developed a skill known in the parenting world as ‘boundary pushing’ and they will practice this at every opportunity to exert their independence. Add to the mix their bargaining skills and talent for whinging and whining and it’s a recipe for midweek drinking.
The who, what, where, why, when questions of former years have been replaced with more complex questions that often require the use of google or tactical dodging. Six has just as many questions as an inquisitive three year old, but is far less accepting of the answers. “Mummy and Daddy had a special cuddle” is not going to cut it.
Along with Six’s inability to accept they may be wrong, comes a stubbornness to test the steeliest of parenting nerves. So strong is Six’s stubborn streak that previous tried and tested methods of parenting such as bribery and threats no longer have the desired effect and the parent of Six can be left feeling somewhat lacking in the skills department. It is now that the parent finds themselves regurgitating the words of their own mothers such as, “Wait until your father gets home” and dying inside a little.
It’s not all bad. Six is also brilliantly funny and entertaining, they make an awesome coffee and cake date, and they still love a snuggle on the sofa and a bedtime kiss.
For my chatterbox. You are brilliant, funny, and insanely stubborn. We love you to the moon and back. Have a brilliant birthday. xxx
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