I have been away from blogging and social media (mostly) for about a month now. And with good reason. We have a new addition to my brother’s family in the form of a baby girl. And I have been super-excited these past few weeks to write anything despite having a truckload of topics at hand (which is quite unlikely for my usual writer’s block suffering self!).
Anyway, as I watch my brother and sister-in-law fumble through the grueling course of child-rearing, I can’t help but notice how far I and my husband have come as “Baby School Graduates” and wonder at the amazing ways a new baby changes you. This has also given me ample time to compare and contrast my 4.5-year-old with the newborn and marvel at the steep learning curve kids go through from age 0 to age 5. There are many amazing milestones on the way but if you look at an almost 5-year-old, I bet there are quite a few things you love (and hate at the same time) about parenting your child. Here are a few things in your 4- or 5-year-old for you to laugh and cry about:
1. They Are Debate Club Veterans
No, you cannot win an argument with your almost 5-year-old. They will argue and counter-argue a point with you over and over again, adding new information along the way, till you are eventually exhausted and forfeit. As much as you absolutely love and admire their quick wit, you’ll hate losing for obvious reasons.
Don’t believe me? Here’s our latest ongoing debate: Of late, Sonny has decided that he is “Scooby Doo” because we (still) don’t have a dog and he needs to protect his “baby sister”. So far so good and “aww” worthy. But enter bedtime and his reasoning for skipping it are: since he is a dog and dogs don’t sleep at night, so from now on, he will only sleep at mornings when the sun is up and not before that!
If I counter-argue “Okay, then let’s go, get a dog instead.”
His quick reply is: “But I AM A DOG now, and dogs can’t have pet dogs!”. Stalemate!