I can do anything that’s everything all on my own

Yesterday morning, I heard my four year old daughter moving around upstairs after she had woken up. Normally she either lies in bed shouting for me or comes straight downstairs so I was wondering what she was up to. My first thought was she was messing about but she’s not really a morning person (thank goodness!) and I was pretty surprised she would get up to mischief before she’s eaten any breakfast.  Anyway, she came downstairs fully dressed and ready for the day. Most days it’s a complete battle to get her dressed. She isn’t really bothered about what she wears and would quite happily wear her pajamas if I let her. I’m not sure what gave her the idea to dress herself but she was so proud of herself. I didn’t have the heart to tell her the colours she had chosen were clashing and she was wearing odd socks. We were meeting friends that day and it took all my powers of self control not to tell her to get changed.  The socks I could cope with, it was the mismatched colours which made me cringe. It’s the one thing I’m really finicky about. Luckily she wants to set out her clothes every night ready for the next day so I can choose things which match. If she does it every day it will be so much...

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