Is age 6 when the symptoms of multiple personality disorder first manifest? If so, we may have a problem. If not, then I will just write this off as the year when I. Can. Not. Win.
A couple weeks ago, I said to Addison, "There is a board breaking clinic coming up at taekwondo. Do you want to go to it? I know you had a lot of fun at the last one." She responded, "Yes! Last time I couldn't break the board with my punch, only my kick. I kept trying to break it with my punch, and I couldn't. This time I want to break it with my punch."
Two days later, in the car, I said to her, "I got you all signed up for the board breaking clinic on Saturday!", expecting a "Thanks, mom!" or "Yea!" in response. Instead, I got a tearful, "What? I don't want to go to board breaking! Why did you sign me up? Can you unsign me up? I don't want to go!"
I chose not to "unsign her up." When Saturday rolled around, I casually said, "OK, put on your taekwondo uniform for the board breaking clinic." I had no idea whether I would get tears or cheers in return. She asked, "Am I going to class too? Or just board breaking?" I said, "Just board breaking. The class is right before it, and I figured having class and board breaking back to back might be too much." She threw up her hands and stormed off yelling, "I wanted to go to class too!!! Why am I just going to board breaking and not class too?"
Can. Not. Win. Ever. There was no way I could have played this differently and not had her mad at me at some point (or every point) along the way.
Fortunately, she had fun breaking boards and left feeling very proud of herself. She didn't try her punch again, but the forearm thing worked pretty well for her.