I’ve noticed that in her 4th year on this planet, Sassy is getting a lot more sophisticated in her mannerisms. Whereas before she was prone to temper tantrums and bullying, now she’s softened her edges and is trying out a different tactic…manipulation and extortion.
Before breakfast yesterday she was eyeing some candy on the counter. “Give me a piece of candy!” she demanded. I told her we’d talk after breakfast. “Pleeeease?!” she asked, hoping that some manners might work in her favor. “After breakfast!” I insisted. “All I need in one! One candy! And I’ll just hold it. I’ll just look at it! I won’t eat it!” she clarified. “After breakfast!” I repeated. She pressed on. “It’s my favorite candy. I love that candy so much. I just want to lick it a little…not eat it! Just a little lick!” I let her continue to talk while I got the pancakes off the griddle. She quieted down for a split second before she grabbed my hand. This means she had something important to say, so I stopped and dropped down to her level.
She grabbed my face between her hands and looked sincerely into my eyes. “Mamma, I love that candy. I really really want that candy right now. If you give me that candy, then I will draw you a heart! A special heart with all the colors in it. You love when I give you hearts, and I love when you give me candy!!! It will be a special heart just for you! So….give me that candy!!! Please!!!”
I love that she made the connection between me liking homemade hearts and herself liking candy. That was a nice touch.
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