[A mother comes into her child's room, where she is supposed to be clearing up her toys before bedtime, and finds her taking toys out to play with.]
Mother: What are you doing?!
Child: [Apologetically] I get easily distracted.
Mother: Yes, very easily distracted.
Child: It's the way I am, it's the way I DEVELOPED. I can't help it.
M: Well, that's a very good argument.
C: What's a 'argument'? Is it a reason for doing it?
M: Yes, that's exactly it.
[Lying down on the child's bed together. Mother sighs.]
CHILD: [To mother] Why are you all... STRESSED?
Mother: It stresses me out that you never do what I ask you. Do you think you would get stressed if you were a mummy and your children didn't do what you asked them?
Child: I don't know, because I AM a mummy, but my children are all derry well behaved, so I don't know what it's like to have children who are badly behaved.
Mother: [Sighs again and kisses child's head.] Do you think it's a little bit funny to not do what people ask you?
Child: [Her eyes gleam. She giggles, nods] It's DERRY funny. And it's derry funny to annoy [my big brother] and then he gets annoyed and hits me, and you say OH DEAR, and then he goes up to his room and he comes down and I say, it's ok, you don't have to say sorry, I forgive you.
Mother: Do you like it when people give you attention?
Child: [nods] YES.
Mother: What do you like about it?
Child: It makes me feel IMPORTANT, and not LEFT OUT [makes a sad face].
Mother: How do you feel when you don't get attention?
Child: All [sad face] left out, and... and excluded. [Sad face again].
Mother: But you like going up to your room and shutting the door and playing by yourself. How do you feel when you do that?
Child: I like it, because I can SHOUT, and I can THINK, and I can PLAY.
Mother: What sort of girl do you want your teacher to think you are?
Child: A... a FUNNY girl, and a STRANGE girl. I am a derry funny girl. I have a funny brain - funny THINKING.
Child: Ask me more questions. I'm good at answering questions.
INSIDE A 7 YEAR-OLD MIND.
Have a great week -
Elizabeth, aka The Writing Parent