I was doing pretty well with GD lately... I am pregnant with my third girl. The reason it is getting worse again is that my 3 and 6 year old daughters are so, so catty lately... they are constantly doing what I see as "mean girl" stuff. I was the oldest of four and all three of my siblings were brothers, so I don't have any experience with this with a sister - I had almost all male cousins, too. But I do remember this with girls in school. They were just downright manipulative and b1tchy at times, and I never got into all the drama - it made no sense to me at all. But my girls will do things all the time now, like putting on some dress-up clothes and saying, in a teasy kind of voice, "Aren't I beautiful? I'm the most beauuuutiful princess of all!" which of course starts a huge argument. They will also pretend to be somebody else, and instead of just acting like whatever character they are pretending to be, they will say, in that same whiny/teasing voice, "IIIII am Cindereeeeellllla!" and then the other will say, "I am, toooooo!" It is non-stop. It doesn't just happen with the Cinderella theme, but that seems to be a worse one, so I have banned the Cinderella movie in our house. They only watched it about 4 times anyway, and we don't have any of the other princess toys and stuff, so it's almost scary how much of an impact it seems to have on them (the way the stepsisters act in the movie). Actually, Disney in general has a bad effect on them - just books based on the movies that they read at their grandparents' house. They always pretend to be the people in the books and argue about it, or brag about who they are to make the other one upset. They don't get it that when you pretend to be somebody, you ACT like them, not just stand around announcing who you are! It blows my mind because I found make-believe games very easy to play as kid, but then, my brothers were always the boys and I was the girl, so there was no arguing over characters! It doesn't help that the oldest is so bossy and the younger one sees her help and direction as an infringement. So, all the cattiness makes me more sad and fearful that another girl is just going to make this worse, and that a boy wouldn't stand for the drama crap and give us a little balance in life. If it is this bad now, what will happen when they are teenagers???
DD 2005, DD 2008, DD #3 due 9/11/11