A few conversations I have had recently:
Me (after many previous requests along the same lines): Rory, can you come here and put your shoes on please?
Me: Did you just say “no” to me?
Roo (realising her mistake): No no no no no!
Me: Good, because the corner has your name on it this morning. Put your shoes on!
Roo (arm extended, palm out in the universal sign for stop): STOP IT!
Rory (wailing in the car): Ahhhh, aaaahhh, aaaaaahhhhhh
Me: Oh Rory, seriously. Stop screaming.
Rory: Ahhhhhhhh, aaaaaaaaaahhhh, aaaaaaahhhh
Me (laughing): Thats a beautiful song you’re singing
Mee-mah (sings): La la la la la la la la la la
Rory (sookily): No sing song Mee-mah.
Mee-mah (now obviously poking fun): La la la la la la la
Rory (cranky now): You no sing Mee-mah!
Me: Don’t be rude to Grandma!
Rory: Aaaaaaahhh, aaaaaahh, aaaaaaahhhh
Me: She’s got some attitude happening
Friend (with two young girls of her own): Oh, I can imagine!
Me: The other day, I was asking her to get her shoes on and she got cranky and yelled at me to STOP IT
Friend (laughs): Oh dear
Rory: I say STOP IT (starts giggling)
Me: You did say that. You also told Grandma to stop singing, didn’t you.
Rory (now cackling): I say STOP IT
Note to self: Possibly not a good idea to laugh at your child when she exhibits her Miss-Thang-Attitude. Nor to recount funny stories within her ear shot. Also, must teach her moves to Spice Girls “Stop Right Now”, cos she had that “stop” hand gesture downpat.