The other day, the girls were talking about how to resolve differneces on the plyaground. Mo was telling me about a child who likes to play with her and several other little girls, but has a tendency to dominate the playing, trying to change the game and boss the others around.
"Tell her that if she's going to do that, she can't play with you all any more," I told her.
"Well, we can't tell people they can't play with us. The princicapl said so," she replied.
So, I said, "Then tell her that whatever it is you guys are playing, she's welcome to play, but if she doesn't like it, then she should play something else."
"Maybe. . " Mo said, which is basically her way of saying, "Yeah, I'm going to pretend that you didn't said anything and just do what I want to do.
Co decided to offer her take on how to handle the situation. "You know, Mo," she began, "when I was have a problem with Suzy Q (not her real name), I just tell her that I don't like how she's treating me and then I walk away from her."
At this, I looked up from what I was doing because, 1) I noticed she used present tense, and 2) Co had just gone to a birthday party for Suzy Q not that long ago.
"Wait a second," I said. "You and Suzy Q are still having an issue? I thought you guys were friends."
"Nope. We're not friends."
"But you begged me to let you go to her party."
Co gave me a full body eye roll, which for her fun-size five year old frame is pretty huge. "Mom. I don't really like Suzy Q, but I really, really like birthday parties."