Little Miss Sunshine has been giving us a peek at her stormy side lately.
We've seen lots of tears and tantrums, stomping and pouting, noncompliance and just plain naughtiness.
Oh, and everything has been much louder than usual. Which is saying something, for Rae.
In the past week, Rachel has been removed from church, the supper table, and more than one restaurant for attitude adjustments. And she has spent a lot of time sitting on her bed contemplating her actions.
I know it's just 5 1/2 year old growing pains. I seem to remember another daughter trying my patience a lot at this age... Rae is too big to be a little kid and not big enough to be a big kid. She's caught somewhere in the middle and doesn't know quite what to do with all those feelings.
I must say, Rachel is creative in her behavior choices. In addition to the usual "no" response to requests and generalized tantrums, she has tried wrestling in church, spitting in the car, and saying mealtime prayers in silly voices. I'm sure she is just waiting to spring other ideas on us.
But the great thing about Rachel is that these epsiodes never last long. She gets MAD and then she's over it. Five minutes after being reprimanded, she wants to cuddle. When she's in the middle of a stomping, glaring, screaming tantrum, all I have to do is wait for a pause and then comment "It's hard to be the littlest, isn't it?" Then she breaks into sobs and wants to be held.
And once the storm clouds pass, Miss Sunshine is back.