My daughter has begun openly expressing her feelings of unhappiness with her parents.
She has uttered those three words that all parents hear eventually--(though they think they will never hear because they are model parents): "I hate you!"
Personally, I think if you never hear those words, you may not be setting the limits you should be setting, but that might just be to make myself feel better.
She has also taken to frowning, grumbling, wailing, and of course, the timeless favorite, the screetchy whine.
A few weeks ago, grmbling at me for some reason I can't recall, she exclaimed: "I am going to send you to the jungle! I'll help you pack your bag"
I tried very hard not to laugh and asked her who would make her waffles in the morning.
Today, upset with her papi about feeling unfairly gilted in a game of kick-the-ball-around-the-room, she quickly drew this picture and gave it to him to express her anger.
Do you see that frown? those tightly-knit brows? The message is quite clear, no?