Marches to Her Own Drum

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["Marches to Her Own Drum" 8x8, sold] I have a daughter who is VERY strong-willed. A couple years ago she was taking dance and something upset her. She got mad and folded her arms and went into the corner, pouting. Her (fabulous) teacher was compassionate and asked if she felt disappointed. My daughter said, "I'm MAD!! I'm mad at the WHOLE WORLD!!" The teacher said, "I understand that. You have two choices now, you can stay mad and sit here and watch us, but then you'll miss some of the fun things we're doing and you won't get a sticker at the end. Or, you can come dance with us!" My daughter responded, "I need more information before I make my decision. Number one, what fun things are we doing? Number two, will I get to make up my own dance at the end? Number three, what sticker will I get?" Her teacher was trying so hard not to bust up laughing at this serious five year old with her grown up logic and reasoning. She answered, "We're going to play with those leaves over there (daughter interjected, "Will I get to throw them in the air?" Yes). Yes, you will be able to make up your own dance. And I will be giving a blue owl sticker today." My daughter kept her serious face and said, "Okay. My decision is yes, I will dance." And she was happy the rest of class. Ha ha!!! 😂🙄 This is my daughter to a T. She has qualities that I think will continue to be so great as she gets older (like when some boy wants to marry her, "Do you have a job? Are you going to be loyal to me? How much debt do you have?" etc), but man is it a power struggle to reason with her and teach her at such a young age. Ah, parenting, right? And the kids that come to earth with their own built-in, complex, beautiful personalities...