I’d like to think of myself as the Queen of my castle… Sitting on my throne; well in charge, super organized, and always in control. Not to mention immaculately dressed with make-up that would make the Kardashian sisters turn their heads. Something a little like this I guess…
I’ve been dethroned by my 3-year-old
Perhaps there was a time when that was indeed the case… But these days I suspect there is an attempted coup taking place right under my nose… The signs are small yet disturbingly noticeable. As I look over my kingdom I get the suspicious feeling that there is a stealthy little creature trying to overrule me! There are days like today when I feel like I am losing control over the minions that are meant to obey me and follow my rule…
One in particular.
She is a fiery one. Strong-willed, and independent. She knows exactly what she wants, and how to get it! She laughs without fear of the world. She questions, and demands answers. And she never takes NO for an answer… And I mean never! Well, not from me anyway!
My kingdom is under threat by the ultimate Trojan horse; an insider with all the guile and strength-of-will of a warrior princess. So, how do I prevent being dethroned by said 3 year old? I’ve had to think long and hard about this… And here is my strategy:
- Stand my ground and claim my territory.
- Never back down – no matter how exhausted I am.
- Always, and I mean always, look the pretender to my throne square in the eye.
- Place myself at eye level – speak slowly, calmly, and with a careful choice of words.
- Never show any signs of weakness – OK, I’m still learning how to master that one.
- Whatever I am feeling always TRY to remain calm.
- Keep my voice as low-key and authoritative as possible.
- Leave the scene of the crime – walk away!
- Create a diversion.
- Realize that smoothing over the territory leads to an alliance – and alliances are imperative to rule your own kingdom well.
Most importantly, weather the storm. It may be one heck of a storm, but it will pass.
However, while this coup will never actually take place (I simply won’t let it), I am more than willing to admit that this pretender to my throne may every now and again win a battle over me… never the war, but sometimes a battle… When that happens, in a moment of self-reflection, I might just be a smidgen proud. She is strong! She is courageous! She is determined! And after all, she must have gotten it from somewhere.
There are few forces of nature that are as inspiring as a strong woman. I’ll never want to dim her fiery spirit. So instead of fighting, I’ll learn how to nurture and refine it. At the end of the day, no matter how strong and independent she becomes, she will always be my baby.
Did you enjoy Dethroned by my 3-year-old? Let me know in the comments below.
Hehe good on her for giving it a go!! Well done you for standing your ground! X #KCACOLS
She sure does give it a go :) haha! Not sure I always stand my ground, but I do try! Thanks for reading!
Good luck! I think the Force is strong in this one. :)
Most definitely! May the stronger force me with me! :) xx
Sounds like a strong game plan! So nice though to have such a strong personality and will, you’re right to try and nurture it! #KCACOLS
Thanks Devon! I sure will try! ;) Thanks for reading !! x
Oh how I can relate! My three year old daughter is very strong willed and never takes no for an answer either. She has to do everything her way or no way. She tends to think she runs things, and sometimes she does. But like you said, she is who she is and as parents it is our job to accept them. Thanks for the relate-able post!
Always a pleasure! Yup, mine has ruled on many occasion too! :) Thanks for reading!
I love this!! I also have a Lillie fire cracker, well two really that try and dethrone me and a daily basis. Some days I cope others I certainly do not! Great ideas! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.
Fire crackers give good explosions don’t they! Not always fun to watch though! :) Oh the JOYS! xxxx
Hehe! This is very funny! I think I’m being dethroned currently!
I think we all are at some point during the day!Thanks for reading Kirsty! xx
Oh man- I have FOUR LITTLE GIRLS
I have been demoted so far off of my throne I am basically underground.
Oh man! 4 !!!!! GIRLS !!!! You are my hero! I hope you have an awesome mom cave down there, it might be a while until you resurface again :) :) … Thanks for reading lovely! xxx
I just had to laugh…i guess am heading to be dethrowned…seems underground will be my next stop…hahaha so funny…
Wishing you all the best in your demise :) hahaha xxx Thanks for visiting Angie! x
This is so going to be Jane. She’s completely different to the boys. I’m gonna nee a different game play with her. #kcacols
I love Brave too – I’m from Scotland originally and my folks still talk like this! Back from #coolmumclub
When you figure out your game plan, please share! Us momma’s need to stick together! :) xxx
Haha I love this – I think mostly because I love the movie Brave ;) Good luck – sounds like you’re going to need it! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
Thanks! It’s a game of survival at the moment! :) x
This totally me and my daughter too! A battle of wills and a stubborness she only gets from me! Good luck with the battle and my your reign as queen be long.
Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
Thanks !! I do hope it is a long reign! Not ready to give up my position ….. just yet :)
My little girl will be three in February and is starting to reach the feisty ‘no!’ stage. I’ll be making use of your strategies soon I think! x #KCACOLS
haha! Good luck! 3 is erm interesting! :) and fun!!! x
Oh I needed to read this. I am currently writing a post about going to say with my two year old. Everyday seems to be a battle of description that both of us are fighting to the bitter end… I needed this reassurance that one, I am not the only one and two I can and will stand my ground! Thank you for sharing with us at #familyfun xx
It’s good to know we are not alone! Sometimes I just want to pull my hair out! Wishing you all the best! x
This is what I wonder with my son a lot. How is he going to be through the 2-3 year old ages. How much of a strng willed toddler he is going to be! I like how you are pretty deterimined to stand your ground! Just got to keep trying! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun
This is excellent advice! I have a little boy who is five who thinks he is currently in charge and I use a very similar strategy to you! Kids huh! Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes
I have a little one like this!! I’ve never known stubbornness like it, well actually I have, it’s normally displayed by myself! #globalblogging
Good strategy. She sounds like she will be an awesome strong woman one day. You sound like an amazing mom. And it does get better… (mommy of a 5 yo) ☺️
Impressive standing your ground I last two minutes and give in lol thanks for hosting #globAlblogging
thank goodness mine is finally starting to accept that I am the one true heir to the throne – but we definitely have our days :)
I like how you have woven the struggle for the throne right through a day in the life of living with a fiery young girl. Great read!
I have 4 boys and only 1 girl but she is by far the fieriest of them all. Good on you with standing your ground…I never win #Globalblogging
Love the analogy! My girl can’t even talk yet, but there are still some mini battles going on over here. Rolling over while I’m trying to change her nappy, parties in the middle of the night (well just playing, but I don’t get out much so I like the call them parties!) #GlobalBlogging
It’s funny isn’t it… You don’t want them to be too determined or bossy but are proud when you see them leading the pack at playtimes. I want my daughter to grow up to be strong-willed enough to know that anything is possible and take no sh*t, but also want her to be compassionate and polite with it! It’s a fine balance! #GlobalBlogging
Let them win the silly battles I say! You want to wear your sandles and not your wellys? Fine, darling see how that works out for you lol! We went through this phase with our son last year, so headstrong – he still is lol but we got through it. Your strategy is great, you can do it ! #stayclassymama
Awwww couldn’t help but laugh when reading this. I feel scared for when my baby turns into a toddler even though his a boy I am sure that I will have a different kind of battle with him lol.
of my four girls two are FIERCE as F**K and two are a bit more low key.
Let us hope it stays that way and they do not all eat me alive!
LOL, I like your strategy. I am amazed at how kids today seem to be so much more strong willed and their personalities are already developed from such a young age! #globalblogging
Our little angels (monsters) do seem to get the better of us, don’t they? And however determined we plan to be, we ALL give in sometimes (be it because of exhaustion, love, sympathy or just to quieten down a tantrum!). But I’m with you on teaching them to stand up for themselves. That’s an important trait to learn too.
What an interesting post! Well, I have an 11-year-old boy and I understand absolutely the game you’re in! We’re still gaming and we’re heading to adolescence! It scares me a little because he is definitely like me! LOL
I think this is a never ending game, isn’t it? ;-)
You should feel proud, well done on raising a strong little one x #globalblogging
Form an alliance – absolutely! Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. My 3.5 year old has recently discovered the art of manipulation and I’m agog, yes AGOG with her skills in the field. Damn her. Loved reading this for #chucklemums, thanks for linking!
Loved the last paragraph in particular, yes we’ve got to encourage them be totally fierce :) #chucklemums
My 7 year old has not only dethroned me, I think I’m in need of therapy lately lol. Gorgeous post! #glabalblogging #KCACOLS
ha ha ha omg i have one of these little head strong pricesses too!! Where do they get it from?!?
thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime
I love your game plan – nos. 4 and 6 are very mindful! It’s also really good to re-frame like you have done and consider the good points of these characteristics. A lovely post. #globalblogging
Great plan to deal with the contender for your throne :-) – nos. 4 and 6 are very mindful! It’s also really good to re-frame like you have done and consider the good points of these characteristics. A lovely post. #globalblogging
As long as she doesn’t turn you into a bear, then all bets are off. Yes, I’ve been watching too much Disney. Good luck in your quest. Many before you have failed ;) #chucklemums
Better to have a daughter like Merida than one of those simpering princess types!
If you pull off those points in your strategy please can you host a work shop for other mums. I’d defiantly come.
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