Thursday, July 9, 2009
It appears that we are nurturing her self-esteem to excess
Me: "So Frankie, what kind of lessons do you think you might want to take? What are you interested in learning?"
Frankie: "Well, cooking lessons, because I'm a good chef, lessons to fly an airplane, and lessons to be a firefighter."
Me: "Unfortunately, they don't let little girls fly planes or fight fires. Would you like to learn to play the piano?"
Frankie: "I don't need those lessons, Mom. I already know how to play the piano."
Frankie: "Yeah, when we get home I will play you some of the good songs I know. I don't need to learn anything else."
Me: "How about swimming lessons?"
Frankie: "I already took swimming lessons! [ed. note- she is under the impression that the one time she swam in my aunt Jan's pool seems to qualify for swimming lessons] I'm a great swimmer! I can walk through deep water! You should take me to the beach right now! I'll show you!"
Me: "No, but you could learn how to SWIM in deep water."
Frankie: (exasperated) "I already KNOW how to swim in deep water!"
Me: "Okay, how about soccer?"
Frankie: "I'm really good at soccer already."
Me: "Why have I never seen you play?"
Frankie: "My dad taught me. I already learned everything, Mom. I don't need to take lessons. You should watch me some time."
Me: "Okay, well, do you have any other ideas?"
Frankie: (thinking long and hard) "Well, maybe I could get a lesson about how to climb a tree."