4 Years Old or 12?

We all went out to eat at The Old Spaghetti Factory the other night: the whole family plus my mom.  While we were eating, Princess said she needed to go potty so Grandma took her to the bathroom.  She came back two minutes later saying that she didn’t have to go after all.  About 10 minutes later she said she needed to go again.  Not wanting to play her little game, we told her that we wouldn’t take her to the bathroom.  A couple of minutes later I looked up and asked, “Where’s Princess?”  “I don’t know…” said Hubby.  We all looked around and didn’t see her anywhere.  A wave of realization came over me, “Oh, maybe she went to the bathroom.” I said.  I rushed through the lobby (annoyed at the slow people moseying in front of me) and burst into the bathroom, “Princess?” I shouted, and I heard a little voice in the farthest stall say, “What?”

I breathed a sigh of relief that she was safe, but was furious she had gotten up and gone to the bathroom by herself.  Another woman in the bathroom chuckled and told me that Princess had just walked right in, waited her turn for the stall and then went in so matter-of-factly.  “Yup, that sounds like her,” I said.  I opened the stall door to see if she needed any help and after I helped her she said, “Get out of here, Mom.” OK, I guess I’m not needed here anymore. So I waited for her by the sinks.

When did my little four-year-old turn 12?  She is way too independent for her own good.  And more importantly, what will she be like when she IS 12?!  A mother’s worst nightmares are floating through my brain.  Let’s just hope she gets it out of her system before then. Wishful thinking I know, but it’s my only coping mechanism at the moment.

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  1. LOL, I go thru this every Sunday with the Fire Pig! When we get to Primary, he’ll push me towards the door and say, “Okay, bye!” Then walk off to sit with his Sunbeams class; breaks my heart everytime! But, it also makes me angry, lol! When did he start not needing me?!

    Ungrateful little brat! ;0P

  2. I hear you on hoping they get it out of their system. My 4 year old is sarcastic and too smart and independent. She has my husbands personality completely. I am doomed. I pray that I can manage to teach her to use it for good before she is a teen.

  3. Don’t know, but I can tell you what 10 will be like! I’m not the only one who has a tendency to forget that my little girl is *only* 10. She doesn’t talk or act 10, wants to do everything on her own (except chores) and wants to do it NOW! She’ll be the death of me, I’m sure of it. :o) I’m often heard muttering “she’s too smart for MY own good”…

  4. Oh, BTW thanks Crystal and Josh! Your early soccer coaching is paying off. Megan just moved up to U12 to train with another awesome coach. They LOVE her mad defensive skills!

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