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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Who's the boss here?

Chloe is a bossy child, and that's putting it mildly. The main reason she finds herself in time out is because she was ordering me around. Many times she realizes what she's doing when I ask her (or just plain tell her) who's the boss, but often she refuses to back down and lands herself on the chair. She is definitely a natural leader who must always be right, which can be both a good thing and a bad thing.

And sometimes it is just a funny thing.

Today, she wanted to watch a movie after preschool. I told her that was fine and asked her which movie she had in mind, and this is the conversation that ensued:

Chloe: I don't know which movie I want to watch. I just want you to pick it mom.

Me: How about "Ratatouille?"

Chloe: No Mom! I wanted to watch a Princess movie!

Me: Oh, okay. Do you want to watch "The 12 Dancing Princesses?"

Chloe: Noooooo! You didn't let me finish what I was going to say! I want to pick some Princess movies and then you can tell me which one I should watch.

Me: All right.

Chloe: Okay, I picked three movies. Should I watch "The Island Princess,"
"The 12 Dancing Princesses"or "Ella Enchanted?"

Me: I think you should watch "Ella Enchanted."

Chloe: (begins to cry) No! I didn't want you to pick that one! It has to be a movie with A LOT of princesses in it.

Me: (taking the hint) Okaaaaay.....so do you want to watch "The 12 Dancing Princesses?"

Chloe: (now bright and cheery) Okay! Let's go put it on Mommy!

That's Chloe for you...she absolutely refuses to admit that something could be anything but her idea. I mean, how dare I suggest the movie she wanted to watch before she put me through the rigamarolle of figuring out her desires? Totally unforgivable in her mind.


  1. Haha... she should be a doctor. :)

  2. Ah, motherhood.

    I was a bit proud of myself today when Zoie started being quite the little sassy miss to me, and I just nicely picked her up and took her to her room for time out. No yelling on my part. I really liked your last couple of posts, and I'm trying to work on doing better.

  3. You are so patient! Seriously!!!
    By the way...what kind of job is Joel looking for? I would assume something with conducting??? Just curious because Damon is always hiring!!! Let me know!

  4. Yes, I think I've heard that conversation around here too.

    Loads of fun.

  5. Oh that's just too cute. :)

    My almost 2-year-old has just started ordering me around and tugging on me to get me to go where she wants me to - I'm hoping this phase will pass quickly, but have a sneaking suspicion that we're in for a much more difficult time with this one than her older sisters... :)

  6. That is so Brody. He always wants me to choose a movie and we go through the same thing. It totally his to be his idea. Drives me nuts!

  7. Oh, gosh. I hate to say it - - all three of my kids, even my youngest think they rule the roost. It's one big power struggle over here!

  8. I think it's the age, too. Little J is sooo bossy, even to his older brother.

  9. Ain't it the truth! There is always ONE strong willed one! But they keep a soft spot in your heart too!