Life with a four-year-old can be very challenging. Our daughter started school last September, but she is among the youngest in her school, since her birthday is in August. She is also very small and dainty, and as a result, people always want to cuddle her and treat her like a baby. I still do it myself, indulging my motherly impulses. And she loves it.
My daughter loves being at school, but I still worry sometimes if she is a little too young. She thrives on the joy of learning and being with her friends. She is also exhausted, and she rarely sleeps well at night. This has led to many disturbed nights for our family, and last week we experienced the worst tantrum she has had in a long time. It was two o’clock in the morning and she ended up kicking, screaming and thrashing around on her bed while I had to walk out of the room because I was at breaking point. Her dad managed to calm her down on that instance, but the tantrums continued throughout the next day as she stumbled around in a state of tired exhaustion. But, life goes on. I admit that at this point I am feeling very run-down partly due to the tantrums, and partly due to other domestic stress. But at least I have a healthy, mostly happy, child. And for that I am grateful.
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My daughter was also a dainty August baby frustrated by being treated as everyone’s doll. Now she is a (still dainty) feisty 30 year old who is just wonderful, with bags of confidence and compassion. Being a mum is brill.
Aww! I was always very small and subsequently treated in much the same way, so I know exactly how my daughter feels when the older children try to play with her at school… my mum says the tantrums are all too familiar as well, whoops! 😉