Wednesday, September 5, 2012

That Darn Autonomy

"I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody's passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn't mind leading. " -Amy Poehler

Maeve got a little practical lesson this weekend in autonomy; specifically, that she cannot physically force another kid to do what she wants.  Maybe if she had a sibling or was in daycare she would know this by now, but as it stands, we are slowly learning.

We visited the Butterfly Pavilion with her friend K, who is 4 months younger and 8 inches shorter than she is, but I think she would boss him around even if he were her size.  She is accustomed to having her run of the place and not waiting for some other person who's never been there before, so she was on the verge of tantrum several times just feeling impatient. 

But then Maeve wanted to play in the maze, and K was more interested in butterflies.  Cue the waterworks, stomping, screeching, and generally mounting frustration.  I kept telling her, sweetie, K really likes the butterflies, and if you want to play with him, you need to do what he's doing.  That went over like a full-diaper-balloon.

She really didn't come to any kind of big realization, I don't think, but maybe next time they play, she'll remember she's not the boss of him, for like, three seconds.  At least K was having none of it and just had a good time regardless of the stamping and hollering.  Maeve needs friends that can teach her how to get along!
What are you getting so bossy for, huh Maeve?

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