My Little Bird is in Grade 3 and I’m not really sure what to expect. I can see a shift in her already, a change is coming. I suppose she is officially already a tween, a term she finds funny. But it’s not lost on me that the teen years are a mere blink away.
While she has always been curious, and interested in things more suited for older kids, I noticed that a lot more now. She wants so much to appear more…mature, less…childish. I can hear it in the way she speaks, the clothes she is gravitating towards and the things she likes to do.
Don’t get me wrong, she still loves to play with her dolls and her little sister, but there are times when she will sit beside me, and chat to me about a drawing she made or a show she watched, and it’s just different. She wants to express her opinion, make sure I know she has thought about things. She’s looking for validation; a connection beyond that of what we have. She’s looking for independence and trying different ways to find it and prove to us that she’s not a baby anymore.
I’m not ready for it, but at the same time I am. I like that it’s been simple and straight forward. I’m not sure I am prepared for the opinions and the expressing of said opinions. But it’s happening…so I might as well buckle up.
Since I didn’t get to ask her 20 Questions for her 8th birthday, I thought I would do it now, in honour of her beginning her journey in the third grade:
- What is your name? The Little Bird
- How old are you?: Almost 8 1/2
- What are you most looking forward to doing in grade 3? Learning, even though it’s not fun.
- What is your favouite colour? Pink, of course!
- What is your favourite food? Pasta
- What is your favourite dessert? Ice Cream
- What is your favourite song? Better when I’m dancing (Meghan Trainor)
- What is your favourite TV show? Jessie
- What is your favourite movie? Pixels
- What is your favourite toy? Dolls and doll accessories
- What do you want to be when you grow up? A lifeguard or a teacher
- At what age does a person become an adult? 18
- If you could change one rule we have as a family, what would it be? To have an hour and 15 minutes on the tablet
- What is something that makes your family special? That we always get to do things together
- Are you a good friend? Why? Maybe. I let whoever wants to play, play with me.
- What is the hardest thing about being a kid? Probably doing math. Sometimes I wish I was a baby, because babies don’t have to do work.
- What is your favourite place in the whole world? I love my room, but I pick Disney World and Florida
- What is the best thing about being you? That I have everything that I want
- If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be? 1. Make sure none of my jewellery breaks. 2. Make sure nobody fights with me, including the Little Mouse. 3.Never go to school
- Now that you are in grade 3, what do you think you can do now that you couldn’t do when you were in grade 2? I don’t know yet
We all love you so much, Little Bird! I hope I can guide you into this next phase of your life with grace and patience, and I hope you go easy on your mom and dad.