Yesterday I actually got down on the floor with my girls, miniature Sleeping Beauty in hand, to really play imaginatively with them, probably for the first time ever. I learned a few things from this experience.
First, they don’t like it when you Beat Box. Apparently with girls you keep the sound effects and dancing to a minimum.
Second, you may not at any time put Sleeping Beauty down or you will get barraged with, “Play Mommy. Play. Play! Play!!!!”
Third, saying the same thing over and over IS in fact acceptable, even preferable.
Fourth, although both dolls may look like full grown princesses, the Barbie-sized doll is the mommy, and the miniature doll is the child.
Fifth, one of their dolls is a Mormon because she wears khaki pants and a short sleeved sweater with a tank top over it.
Lastly, and most importantly, I learned the frightening truth about how my girls perceive me as a mother. Whenever Mini Princess (child) asks Big Princess (mother) to do something, Big Princess always says, “Yes…another day.” Wow. I use that line enough for it to come out in a princess to princess dramatization? She just threw my own words back in my face. “Another day…” Unfortunately I use that all too often. It makes sense, though. “Later” seems to imply that whatever it is will happen sometime during that same day. So I say “Another day” because some things aren’t happening “tomorrow” but they don’t understand when I say “in the summer”, “in December” or “next year”. You can’t do everything they want right away or even today or tomorrow, but it’s too bad Big Princess doesn’t say, “yes, honey, right away” more often.