Is how the princess greeted me when I picked her up from school yesterday. Do you know what that means?
She did it. She stayed still during Circle Time.
And with those four simple words all the frustrations of the day floated off of my shoulders and out into the universe.
And Smug Mom tried to rear her smug little head and thoughts creeped into my head "Wow, that was easy. Why didn't I think of this before?" until I realized,
I didn't know what I didn't think of.
I didn't know why she stayed on green.
I did not have any idea what made her behave in Circle Time. I could not write a DIY book on how to make your child sit still and shut up and make a bazillion dollars, because every parent I know would want this secret. After I played this scenario out in my head, I noticed that her pony tail with the braid was gone from her hair.
I asked what happened. And the teacher from accross the room answered for her, "She wanted to look like Ava."
Huh? What? My independent, strong willed, free spirit wanted to look like someone else? Huh?
And then as if sensing my confusion she clarified "Yeah Mommy, me and Ava were twins today."
When I realized my five year old daughter was diving into peer pressure head first, the stresses of the day slammed back down on my shoulders like the ton of bricks they were.