Children might be born as blank slates, but it doesn’t take long for those slates to fill up with personality traits.
Just shy of two years old, Maya has a personality all her own … but she’s clearly getting some outside influence as she shapes the person she will become.
Lately, Maya has become a resident drama queen (a la her mommy) and a negotiator (a la her daddy).
Exhibit A (Drama Queen): Tonight at dinner, for example, her answer to everything was a deep, contemplative sigh followed by a drawn-out “Nooooo …” … as though it was sooooo godawful for us to even ask her a question such as, “Do you want carrots or green beans?” I mean, imagine the gall we had?! Then she refused to eat everything and threw an epic I’m-too-tired-to-function tantrum before promptly being put to bed 😉
Exhibit B (Negotiator): This has been the trend this weekend. We’ll be leaving to go somewhere — or it’ll be nap-time, bed-time … and she’ll ask, “Maya watch one Mickey?” [As in, can I watch one [more] episode of Mickey’s Clubhouse] She’s gotten quite savvy at her negotiating skills … basically telling us she wants to watch one episode and THEN she will do XYZ (without actually saying it). Um, no, sweetpea, that isn’t how it works! Cute as she is, she can’t always get her way … even with big, pleading baby blues and double dimples …
I love watching her mind work and just love seeing her little personality come into light. She’s definitely equal parts both of us. Hopefully just our best parts 🙂
How about you? Are you more like one parent or another? Are your children more like you or your spouse/significant other?