Is it just me or do 5 year old girls lose their minds and think that they are older and smarter than their moms?

It’s me isn’t it?

No other mother could have a daughter at the age of 5 who rolls her eyes when I scold her or practically snaps her neck when she responds to something she doesn’t like.

No other mother could have a daughter at the age of 5 who tries to use emotional blackmail, i.e. pouting lower lip, big puppy dog eyes and huge tears to get out of being disciplined or using that “You love my sister more than you love me!” line.

You know how your parents always had those famous lines that they would use over and over as you were growing up to put you in your place? You know… like Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show when he used to say “I brought you into this world…and I can take you out”?

Well, I realize that I’ve been establishing one of my own as my FIVE YEAR OLD daughter tries to manipulate me into getting what she wants: “You may be slick, but you’re not slicker than me….yet!”

Her response to this is the big, brown puppy dog look while she tries not to laugh.

Sigh…did I mention she was FIVE?




“I’m too tired!”

“I don’t want to!”

“That’s not fair!”

These are the words that have become part of my morning routine. Diva girl is definitely NOT a morning person, and I am definitely NOT a happy mommy! Not only does it disrupt the morning schedule that I have tried to create, but this rebellious stage is exhausting and makes my throat very dry….yelling every morning will do that to you, you know.

To make matters worse, Baby girl is a parrot of her older sister’s actions and so now we have ‘Mini Me’ telling me that it’s ‘not fair’ when she doesn’t get to watch Dora at 8:30 in the morning and hanging her head, pouting her lip and crossing her arms when she doesn’t get her way. All the things she says are words and expressions learned from her big sister. Don’t get me wrong, it’s actually quite cute to hear her try to pronounce all the words, but not so cute when I gotta get one on the school bus in less than 5 minutes and one in the car to get to daycare.

Funny, how quickly they move when they know they’re going to Nana’s house.

I’ve been told to try the reward system. I’m probably going to use stickers. Don’t worry, I promise not to use them to temporarily stick their mouths closed or anything like that.

That’s just wrong.

But if you see a kid with one stuck firmly to her forehead one day, you know I was at my wit’s end.