Wednesday, 3 February 2010

The World According to Tall Daughter

Just to set the scene, The Teenager is 13, and Tall Daughter is 10.  The Teenager has always been....well, shall we say she is a high-maintenance child.  Her nickname is the Drama Queen, but she's lovely and has many other good qualities.    Tall Daughter is quieter and easy going, although just to balance things out I should also say she is know as Little Miss Moodypants :-)

Yesterday morning as we were getting ready for school The Teenager had one of her regular hissy fits.  She couldn't find one of her school books and she accused me, Tall Daughter, Tess the dog and an imaginary burglar of 'stealing' her school books to make her look disorganised.  She ran screaming up and down the stairs, in and out of rooms, looking for the book until - oops - she found it IN HER BAG.

While this was all going on, Tall Daughter and I were standing at the front door. We were ready to go and waiting for Her Royal Highness to get her act together, when TD turned to me and said "I'd just like to thank you for being brave enough to have a second child." 

Today the three of us were talking about things we should do more of as a family, and decided to each draw up a list of things we'd like to do and then compare notes. 

The Teenager's list included playing more board games; walking the dog together; being more active and doing makeovers on each other.  My list included going on cycle rides; having at least one night a week without computers or laptops; cooking meals together and visiting friends more often. 

Tall Daughter was more concise and had only one item on her list:  draw pictures of fluffy bunny rabbits. 

Now why didn't I think of that?