First things first, Charlotte may look like daddy but she shares a fierce persona with her mama. Charlotte is only 18 months old, and yet, she has already shown to us from a few months old who she is likely to grow into and I am already a very proud mama.
When I was in my first year, I had to take psychology 101 and I remember learning that many psychiatrists believed that there were three basic types of temperaments – easy, difficult, and slow to warm up. Charlotte is definitely a slow-to-warm up toddler and perhaps that will change in the near future, we don’t know. What I do know is that she is not one to be swayed easily, she will refuse to go to anyone she doesn’t want to go to, and one of her first words was “stop it!”.
Nine times out of ten, Charlotte sports a no nonsense facial expression and once she has warmed up and feels comfortable enough she will smile and laugh easily. The Hubster and I have learned to appreciate the boundaries that she has created unintentionally and have been mindful of ensuring that other people do the same.
Although my parents meant well, they often questioned why I was such an extrovert in comparison to my siblings and so, they never spent enough time nurturing and cultivating that as much as they did with discipline. I want for our sweet girl to never feel as though she is being disciplined for simply being true to herself. I want her to grow and flourish and be confident in her own skin. The only way this can be done is if we, as her parents, empower her and pray consistently over her – amongst many other things.
Charlotte may be little but folks, she is fierce and I pray that out of the many things that WILL change about her, her level of fierceness and ‘miss me with that nonsense’ attitude will never EVER change.
Xx See you all next week!
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