The relationship I have with my 8 year old (nearly 9) daughter is very similar to relations between my 2 Jack Russells who also happen to be mother and daughter.
Sometimes they are very happy to be snuggled up in their bed, occasionally giving each other a sideways glance but overall enjoying each other’s presence. At other times they are at each other’s throats (literally) and occasionally draw blood. while these are severe examples in the dog world, it is only slightly diluted in the human (we havent actually drawn blood yet).
Today was an inset day, so daughter was with me while we met up with friends, went shopping, swimming etc. Twice today she was rude to me in front of my friends. I tried to ignore it because I didn’t want to make a scene but inside I was stewing. It is hard to remain the grown-up in these situations, when all you really want to do is have a go at them in a fit of temper because you feel let down by their behaviour.
However they say children’s behaviour is just a mirror held up to your own. Which makes it all the more disappointing when they behave badly.
Of course a lot is to do with hormones and thats true whether you have 2 legs and a handbag or four legs and a tail. Combine young and old hormones together and you need o cordone off the area.
This blog is for Unicef.
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