Mama: (to the Peanut) Please take your laundry bag downstairs and put your dirty clothes in the washer.

The Peanut: (who is cozied up with a coloring book and new crayons) Grrrrrr!!!! (throws a crayon across the room for added emphasis) Mom! I can’t! You’re wasting my time!

This encounter amused and annoyed me until a friend pointed out that my 4-year-old was actually exhibiting a fine example of higher level thinking. And so now I’m not sure how I should be feeling about it…. Proud? Honored? Should I reserve her spot at an Ivy League school?

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