August 1 06

My 5-year-old, on principle, dislikes anything that her younger brother likes.
First it was Dora. Emily was WAY into Dora. She loved her. Worshipped her. She learned to count in Spanish, she sang all the songs, and played along with the TV.
When Joshua began to show an interest in Dora, Emily lost her interest before he made it through his first episode.
“Dora is sooo for nursery kids, Mommy. Don’t you know?”
To Emily, Dora, the Wiggles, Backyardigans and Diego are “baby shows”
She’s into all the family channel shows, like Zack and Cody, and Zoey 101, and that Mary Kate and Ashley show from when they were tweens (so little time, maybe?). As far as she’s concerned, the only cartoon worth watching is Arthur. maybe. and it has to be a good episode.

but every once in a while, when she doesn’t think we’re looking, we’ll catch her in the act. yelling to Dora that she needs to take the asul path and not the amarillo. waving her hands like wags the dog. singing right along to the backyardigans.

so even though she’s so stubborn and doesn’t like the “baby shows,” at the end of the day, she’s just a kid at heart. makes me smile, though, since i’ve always felt like she was such an old soul. an 18-year-old trapped in the body of a 5-year-old (or really of a 3-year-old, because she’s so tiny). i like when i see her acting like a kid.

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