Sports day bike parade...
(First of all let me reiterate that Alyssa is 5 1/2, and in Kindergarten. She is the youngest in her class, but has more than enough attitude and spunk to compensate.)
So we're moving around the back field of the school in the bike parade. Picture bumpy grass, and a long hill. The older kids are not really having any problems, but many of the younger ones are having to get off their bikes and push.
ME: "Darlin', just get off and push, ok? We're going to be left behind."
A: "No Mommy I want to pedal! I can DO it!"
She's pedalling furiously as the back wheel of her bike spins without gaining any traction, because, of course, her training wheels are hung up on lumps of grass.
I grab her handle bars in an attempt to help her along, only to be vehemently chastised:
"MOMMY!!! I want to DO IT MYSELF!!"
She won't let me pull, she won't get off and push, and she's stuck in the grass. I can feel my blood boiling out my ears as my own Type A control freak tendencies are being grossly stressed. I finally resort to threats:
"Do you want to go home??!!"
(oh the joys. Isn't sports day a hoot.)
We eventually make it to the gym, where the bikes are stored during the events, but not without her teacher having to hunt us down because we were so late.
All was well in the end, and we didn't miss any of the events. We even ended the day on a good note, with minimal head butting between us.
One of these days I'll figure out how to handle her in a way that is not as confrontational. Meanwhile I just take it day by day...
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