Grandparents Day (Part 6)

December 4, 2009

The evening of Grands [Grandparents] day at the private school, the mommies told us they are also a bit taken back by Random Granddaughter’s extreme moodiness.

“She will come home from school and be in an extremely bad mood and not want to speak to anybody for half an hour,” they said. “And then she will perk up and play and talk in an normal way.”

I suppose it is only to be expected that a science fiction child will go through adolescence by the time she is five years old. Perhaps she will be fitted for a training bra by the time she is six.

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9 Responses to “Grandparents Day (Part 6)”

  1. Pete Says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head in the last paragraph. Maybe mom and mommy are trying to move her fasster than she wants to move?

  2. modestypress Says:

    Perhaps, that is true, Pete. Perhaps she just wants to feel that her hand is on the steering wheel.

    Often the mommies are trying to guide her in constructive ways for her own good. Isn’t that what most parents strive to do?

    For example, for whatever reasons they want her to branch out to have other friends that BIP [billionaire heiress bad influence peer]. So the mommies invite other kindergarten children over for “play dates.” RG may find Hey, these other children are fun and fine. RG may decide, You are now going to choose my best friends.

    Our daughter was simpler in this regard. When she was a teenager, she had a few friends we didn’t like that much, but they weren’t doing drugs or getting pregnant; we just didn’t like their personalities that much and nothing ever turned into a major problem.

    Everything seems to happen faster and more tumultuously today. But that reaction may just be a sign that I am getting old.

  3. woo Says:

    Maybe she’s just tired? From 10 years of nannying I can tell you, most children under 10 years old spend a good part of their days absolutely shattered, but unable to do anything about it. So, they seem moody and withdrawn when in actual fact their poor, over-stimulated brains are simply trying to rest.

    I’d advise just giving her some quiet space after school – not asking her questions about her day etc etc and not taking her directly to another ‘improving’ activity. Just letting her be.
    πŸ™‚

  4. modestypress Says:

    Good point, woo. The mommies are usually pretty sensible about paying attention to such cues and situations, so I suspect if this is the case, they will right stuff fairly expeditiously. We generally don’t try to micromanage as grandparents.

  5. Pete Says:

    She will come home from school and be in an extremely bad mood and not want to speak to anybody for half an hour,” they said. β€œAnd then she will perk up and play and talk in an normal way.”

    Wow…Sounds like me on many days…


  6. Yeah, sounds like me too, except I take longer to perk up.

    • modestypress Says:

      David,

      Is it not true, that a) you live alone and b) share your “self” (whatever term should be used–I am unsure) with several “alters?”

      So either there is no one to be perturbed if you take a long time to perk up, or…I am not sure what terminology should be used to describe the situation.

      Poor fellow.


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