There are terrible twos, and I had my share of the horrible threes but I never heard about the terror of fours. Oh yeah, IC who we thought would remain the most quiet of our two girls, wont give me any peace for the past weeks! She a little terror, believe me.
And this is making me crazy, I would only have peace if some moms reading this would tell me that they know what I mean :D
You might want to read what I wrote about IC during her 4th birthday this week, I really thought she's just too excited, knowing a big party with her chosen friends coming, I allow a bit of craziness on her part. But, this has been going on for more than three weeks, every single day an average of two tantrums per day!
The main reason she's terrorizing me is her wardrobe. She wants to wear a dress or a skirt, everyday. And then, even though I make sure that she alone would choose her dress the night before, she would always change her mind the next day. That is, after she's already all dressed up! My eyes would be piercing her at this point.
The next fight would be that she would want to go out wearing only socks, at five degrees centigrade outside! When I ask her to put on a pair of stockings, she would try on at least two and that would be her good day because sometimes that would reach four! By this time my ears and nose are already burning.
Of course, she must comb her hair. Do you think she'd let her hair be combed without her crying her eyes out and without her giving me a shove for trying to untangle her hair? I have to escape to the bathroom!
The fourth hurdle would be her pair of shoes. She would put on her very big Pippi shoes or her church shoes; very inappropriate for winter, and sometimes the rainy days. I wanted to strangle myself this time.
And now she must put on her shawl, her hat and her thick jacket. Of course at this time, she would scream that she cant do those things alone. Well, I am already waiting outside and trying to cool off or else, grrrrrr....
Oh and did I tell you that this past week is their hiking week? She's supposed to be wearing hiking boots, warm stockings, long pants, thick sweaters. They are walking into the woods and it would be muddy and really roughing it up. We are supposed to wake up an hour earlier than usual so that she could go with the hiking group in kindergarten. Can you imagine the drama that happened every morning? I refuse to tell you as just thinking back is already giving me a bad headache.
The thing is, she only joined the hike two times. The first day because she cant find a dress (I hide them) thus she's dressed properly.
And the third day, because the teacher going with them that time didnt know that she dont want to go. I realized only that she went with them when I fetched her in kindergarten, I saw her dress hanging on her hook space and her backpack is not there. She changed into jeans and warm jacket from those ready supplies in kindergarten. And when I asked her if she liked that trip, she said 'I am going to shower, it smells bad where we where.' (I asked her teacher about it the next day who said IC enjoyed the hike.) Hmmm...
Okay, these are just the terrors of the first hours of the morning; in the afternoon she would complain about the food even though I cooked what she asked me to, she would want to use those spoons and forks that are still dirty, etc, etc; and in the evening she would refuse to brush her teeth, would refuse to take a bath, would change her pajamas for a hundred time, bla, bla, bla... Arrghhhh!
Oh and a note that still makes me tingle all over when I try to talk to her, she wont look me in the eye; she would run away, she would cover her eyes and shake her head, she would hit me or pinch me, she would say no, she would cry so loud.... do I need the super nanny now?
Now I am asking you, is this how a four year old should be? Tell me that I am not alone on this, please :D