My daughter has proven to be a highly intelligent child, capable of accomplishing a great many things on her own. She can climb onto a chair and turn on the light; She can use the potty; She can dress herself. Theoretically, this should make our lives easier. But if this was a theoretical world, we’d all be communists.
For example: She can wash her hands without assistance in the bathroom. If she uses the kitchen sink, we need to set up a stool, hand her the soap, and rip off a paper towel. (Usually while we’re trying to prepare dinner) Want to guess which location she insists on using?
The other night, I heard her calling to me from her room. When I went in, I found that she had gone into her closet and put on one of her fancy dresses. That feat was mitigated by the fact that she couldn’t figure out how to take the dress off by herself.
It gets worse. Last week, we were woken by her cries. When we entered her room, we found her sitting in a soaking wet bed with no pants on.
I feel I should provide a quick backstory:
Over the past couple of months, the Cutlet abandoned her late sleeping habits. She began waking up early, bursting into our room, and happily alerting us that the sun was up so we should get out of bed. In an attempt to preserve our weekend beauty sleep, we instructed her that if our door was closed, that meant that she should go back into her room and play quietly.
That hasn’t quite happened. First, she began knocking on our door to see if we were awake. After we told her not to do that either, she began to call to us from her bedroom.
So here’s what went down on this particular morning:
Like many children her age, she sleeps in a Pull-up style diaper. When she woke up and found herself in a wet diaper, she took matters into her own hands. She took the diaper off (and put it into the Diaper Genie!) and returned to bed. This seems like a wonderful example of her becoming a self-sufficient young lady. There was just one problem…
After returning to bed, she had to pee again. But despite being able to use the potty by herself, she remained in bed.
It’s possible that she was asleep and didn’t know what was going on, but we are skeptical. In addition to being capable, the Cutlet is also a bit conniving. It’s more likely that she stayed in bed, knowing that she’d be able to report having an accident which would force her parents to wake up.
This isn’t the first time that she’s conveniently had an “accident” that allowed her to either delay bedtime or hasten wake up time. We’ve told her that an accident means that she didn’t do it on purpose. If she goes simply to get attention, then it isn’t an accident at all. Will that lesson sink in? We shall see.
Hopefully, her competence soon becomes a full-time thing and will no longer be limited to those occasions when it suits her. Otherwise, I have a feeling that the washing machine will continue to stay busy.