It never ceases to fascinate me how my children can have such unique personalities. Anyone who has read this blog with any regularity knows that Anna is, shall we say, a free spirit. Rules are more...suggestions in Anna's mind. Anna is going to do what she wants - the key with her is to teach her that she wants to make the right choice, that it is her idea in the first place.
Joshua, on the other hand, is a stereotypical first-born rule follower. If there is a rule, he doesn't need a reason for it, he is just going to follow it. He is a teacher's dream. (He also likes to point out when other people are NOT following the rules, which gets both hilarious and annoying.) The following story illustrates this point...
As you all should know by now, we have a precious corner of the day known as Quiet Time at our house. In addition to the quiet hour they must stay in their room, we have now added the element of an alarm clock. Every day, the two older kids head to their room, and we set the timer for an hour from the time they start. They can earn extra time for fighting or leaving the room early, so it's a pretty good system for getting them to stay in their room. Joshua, in particular, likes this system, because it gives him very specific parameters. He likes guidelines.
This past weekend, my husband was getting ready to go run some errands, and he decided to take the kids with him. There was about 15 minutes left of Quiet Time, so he stepped into the room and said, "Hey, who wants to go to the store with me?"
Anna, always willing for an adventure that gets her out of a restricted time, immediately responded "ME! ME! I WANT TO GO!!"
However, Joshua glanced at the clock, and with a tone of shock and horror, answered this way:
"But DAD! The ALARM hasn't gone off yet!"
It took several minutes and a lot of convincing from his father for Joshua to finally accept that it was, in fact, okay for him to leave Quiet Time early with his dad.
It will be interesting to see what these two turn out to be when they grow up!