My 3-yr old granddaughter, Eva, is a mother hen! Has been since before nursery school. She’ll make it her business to ask others - adults included - how they are doing, do they need help with anything, and correct them when she thinks they’re doing something “not right.”
Shortly after they were home from school, Eva was in the kitchen when her mother was going through her sister’s backpack. Knowing Olivia was in the play room and out of ear shot - but not knowing Eva was standing behind her - my daughter-in-law said (almost under her breath) to herself, “Olivia! What the hell do you have in your backpack?” Something had leaked all over the bottom. Eva immediately turned around as started in to the play room at the other end of the house saying quite loudly, “Olivia? What the hell (stressed) do you have in your backpack?” She must have repeated it at least 4 times before I stopped laughing and told her that was something little girls are not supposed to say!
This afternoon she was outside in the hot tub with her sister and mother. She asked her mother if she would help her get out. Once she was out and dried off, she came inside where I was playing with the baby (Brianna) on the floor. She strutted in with on hand on her hip and asked, “How are you two doing in here? Is everything alright?” Once I assured her we were fine, she turned around, went back outside and had her mother help her back into the hot tub!
Tonight as we were looking at her daily progress report, one teacher wrote that “Eva was a great helper today - especially with the younger kids!” I could just picture her scurrying around the table “helping” her classmates with their drawing, coloring, cut & pasting, etc.! I think she’s turning from a “mommy’s helper” into something more sinister! When she tries to “help” her big sister, Olivia just stands there staring at her with an expression that seems to say, “Who do you think you’re talking to? I’M the big sister!”