How come Audrey doesn't have to finish her dinner?
I'm not tired.
How come we have to go to the store?
No, I don't want to.
How many more bites do I have to eat?
I'm don't want to brush my teeth.
I don't want to wake up.
This is my Lily. We call her Tiger Lily sometimes because she was born in the year of the Tiger. Well, Little Miss Tiger Lily is a queen of negotiating, especially to get out of things she doesn't want to do.
Lately, everything seems to be a negotiation with this preschooler of ours.
Dinnertime is a daily battle. If it were up to her, she would drink her calories in milk and not have to eat anything because it interferes with her playtime. However, when we finally clean the table and everything, she wants a snack.
Bedtime is an game each night of how many excuses can she come up with to not to go sleep. She needs to go the bathroom. She wants a hug. The blanket isn't folded right. She needs water. The heater isn't on. She can't find Flounder (her stuffed animal). Daddy didn't give her a hug and kiss. She needs help to put lotion on her eczema. The door is closed too tightly. She's out of water again. She wants another hug and kiss. And the list goes on and on and on...
Basically, the only downside of her becoming more verbal is that she uses those words... to complain, to whine, to talk back and negotiate EVERYTHING.
Sometimes when we catch her in a lie, I think she really believes that she didn't do anything wrong too. Like she isn't CURRENTLY in the act of doing whatever she's being accused of, so therefore she must not have done it. Maybe it's just how the 4-year old mind works.
Lily, did you take the toy from your sister?
Lily, Daddy saw you take the toy from Audrey.
No, I didn't.
Lily, there's no lying in this house.
Daddy, there's no LIONS in this house! Silly Daddy!
I mean, how can you not laugh at that. It's pretty much impossible to keep a straight face when she comes back with lines like that.
Yes, Lily. There's no lions in this house, but we sure love our little tiger.