Okay, name me some headstrong women in history....Susan B. Anthony, Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Eva Peron... Guess what ladies? You have nothing on my monkey. I promise you she can run circles around your willful ways. Here are some examples:
1. Me: "Delaney, you have to wear your shoes to walk on the sand at the beach because its hot."
Delaney: "It's not hot!" as she kicks off her shoes and walks towards the dunes with no shoes on.
5 steps later she turns around and says "Mommy, get your shoes on because this sand is really hot!" and puts her shoes on.
2. On a playdate today Delaney announces she is going upstairs to get chips. I tell her that her friend will have to go home if she goes upstairs as we are playing downstairs. She walks over to the corner of the room for a minute to think. A few minutes later she comes back and says to me like I am incredibly silly "Mommy, we don't need chips we have our imaginations!".
3. After 15 minutes of begging, pleading and bribery I decided it wasn't that important for Delaney to wear clothing. It just wasn't worth the struggle. When I give up she looks at me and says "Mommy, you gotta get me dressed I can't just be naked in here!".
4. Delaney recently made a decision to stop saying the "y" or "ie" sound at the end of all words.
To name a few: Mommy= Mom
Mimi= Mim (pronounced "meem")
Chloe - Chlo (rhymes with glow)
When I correct her (i.e. "It's potteee"), she says "Yeah, Mom! Pot." Fine, I give up!
The official definition of headstrong is: determined to have one's own way; willful; stubborn; obstinate. While it may be a trait in my 2 1/2 yr. old which makes me crazy, at times, I guarantee no one is going to get one over on her later in life and that makes me proud :)
Teacher friends, can't you just see her report card comments now?