The Power of the ‘N’ word

Little miss is developing her vocabulary at a cracking pace. I guess having so many older siblings is helping but some of the things she comes out with are hilarious. She recently mastered the word ‘no’ and has been practicing using it with great frequency, delighting in its power.

This little one is such a funny little personality. She is completely disinterested in toys, preferring to help with cleaning, sorting washing (I fold, she demolishes the piles) and is a very enthusiastic ‘cleaner-up’. I am starting to query OCD. She is not yet 2 but already takes her cup into the kitchen when she is finished, puts her dirty washing in the laundry and anything she construes to be rubbish us put in the bin. (Please let this continue into teenage years!)

She is very stubborn and determined (yes the apple has not fallen far from the tree with this one) and has recently decided that ‘no’ is not enough. I now have a toddler who shouts ‘no way’ at me whenever she doesn’t agree with me. When really provoked (e.g when she is being tickled) she shouts ‘no way stop it’. In fact she shouts this with such passion that you would think she is being taken hostage.

Yesterday I took her to get some new shoes. She sat very quietly while her feet were measured and while the new shoes were being placed on her feet. However when the sales girl went to remove the shoes she screamed ‘no way stop it!’ with such gusto that other shoppers turned to stare. The poor sales girl was so flustered and I ended up paying for the shoes and leaving them in situ on missies feet. Happy with her new shoes she gave the sales girl a beaming smile and waved ‘bye’.


About embracingtheimperfections

I am a mother of six children. My children's ages range from 20 down to 1, so we are dealing with a lot of different ages and stages, not to mention a lot of different personalities. One of my twins has cerebral palsy so that adds yet another dimension to our lives. Along my journey so far I have learnt that life is far from perfect and that sometimes it's the imperfections that round out the harsh edges and give it a quality that is precious and unique. My love of the imperfect extends into my home life too. I love all things vintage, hand crafted, home grown and home cooked. I love to be creative and I love learning. I am definitely not a minimalist! I aspire to be tidy and organized but I am realizing that with six children, three cats and a crazy black Labrador that is probably beyond my capabilities, so I embrace the beautiful chaos that ensues!
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