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She Got the Drama from Her Momma.

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Emmeline is 3 going on 13. That old rhyme, “Girls are sugar and spice and everything nice”? Sure it’s true some of the time, but more often the rhyme should read “Girls are tears, tantrums, ‘but I want!’ and ‘I never!'” Emmeline’s latest thing is to storm into her room crying and shut the door. I take responsibility for that one. She also cries any time she perceives someone as screaming and yelling at her. Knowing this, I’ve tried not to be short tempered with her. But the stress of trying not to be short tempered sometimes makes me short tempered. She’s also very fond of sighs, huffs, and puffs. Then there’s the growl + eye roll combo. Another classic. She learned them all from me–unfortunately.

But it’s not all bad drama. She has enough imagination for several kids. And she’s the only three year old I know who does voices when she tells a story. She learned that from me too. When I read Llama Llama Red Pajama, it doesn’t really get anybody calmed down for bed, but we have fun. We’re building a stage in the basement. If we can’t get her to stop the huffs, puffs, sighs, and tantrums, then maybe we can at least convince her to save it for a dramatic death scene.

This is Emmeline giving us a ballet performance. Shortly after this she stormed into her room crying because “I CAN’T dance like Angelina Ballerina!” You know. The usual.



6 responses »

  1. So, can I somehow blame my child’s drama on you, too? 🙂

    Seriously, though, once you get that stage built, you should start an acting class for Emmeline and Abigail. Maybe we can capitalize on all the drama…or at the very least, enjoy some cheap entertainment. Those two are quite a pair!

    • I don’t know that those two little hams need lessons! But you’re right–give ’em an audience and some dress up clothes, and we could all just enjoy the show. 🙂

  2. Heather, who else?

    I am sure we will see Emmeline’s name in lights one day…on Broadway. Or, maybe a soap opera. Where she can be dramatic, cry, slap people, and die all in one season. I love that you see both the bad and good that she got from you. Great perspective. I know it must be frustrating dealing with a dramatic 3 yr old – but you are a great mom, more patient than you realize. Your kids are so sweet and good when they are at our house, which is a testament to good parenting. One day, Emmie will say how awesome of a mom you are, right before she slams the door to text her friends. 🙂

    • I laughed and smiled when I read your comment. She’ll probably appreciate all the patience and awesomeness right around the time she has her own little dramatic daughter. And I’ll be off somewhere laughing hysterically. 🙂

  3. Mawmaw (Connie)

    Your great-great grandmother, Alice Parsons, always said,”You don’t pay for your raising until you have children of your own.” Pay back time….lol I love it all. Love, Mawmaw


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