Thursday, November 02, 2006

So Proud

...and so exasperated

S. is remarkable. I have battled horrid shyness my whole life, but S. is as outgoing and fearless as they come. She has no qualms about letting her feelings, wants and desires be known to just about anybody. She rarely just goes along with the flow. If she likes something, she speaks up. If she dislikes something, she speaks up. I find it impressive, since at the ripe old age of 34, I still have trouble doing the same.

On the other hand, she will also argue, backtalk and disobey authority figures with very little concern for the consequences. Me, I'm comfortable working with trying to get a kid out of her shell. This child who has never had a shell at all leaves me at a loss. Do I try to curb her assertiveness? When do I worry about her being overly aggressive? Will she be one of those who forces her will on others? How should I react when she comes home from school after getting in trouble for backtalking and/or ignoring a teacher every day for a week?

Parenting, it isn't easy.


1 comment:

Mayberry said...

Hey, something looks different around here!

It's hard isn't it... especially with a girl. Because assertiveness isn't always exactly a valued trait in a member of our club.