My daughter is 6 1/2 years old and overnight she got independent.

@mommaj (22872)
United States
September 4, 2009 2:19pm CST
I was wondering if this has happened to you. My husband walks our daughter to her room and I take my son to his classroom. WELL, she ditched him. She told him she wanted to go eat with her friends and was that okay. He said yes and she went with the other kids to eat. We are totally shocked. She would never leave our side and now she doesn't even say good bye. They sure do grow up fast.
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@Canellita (12052)
• United States
29 Sep 09
Ha ha, that is so funny. She is already leaving you both behind in her dust! Watch out, she will start teaching your son her bad habits, LOL!
@mommaj (22872)
• United States
30 Sep 09
I don't know how I am going to keep up with her! She is so dependent with some things (or in light of this, maybe lazy) and in other areas, she just goes and does. LOL. I guess time will tell what she is going to do next. UGH!
@Canellita (12052)
• United States
1 Oct 09
Your daughter is very entertaining. You should create a character like a kitten or made up creature and turn some of her antics into fiction stories. You just might be able to pay for her college :-)
@Canellita (12052)
• United States
1 Oct 09
Of course it's a combination of all three!
@scheng1 (24701)
• Singapore
5 Sep 09
Hi Mommaj, she hasn't grown up too much. You should wait until she starts to look down on you and your husband, then that is a sign that she has grown up. The point when kids tell parents that "you don't know anything" is a sign of mock maturity. I bet she will ask you to hide in your cave and dont come out. She may even start to make decision on what you wear and how you eat.
@mommaj (22872)
• United States
5 Sep 09
HAHAHA. You must be listening around here. LOL. She already tells me if my clothes are okay or not. Just this morning she told me I shouldn't eat junk food or it will make me sick. How did you know?
@scheng1 (24701)
• Singapore
6 Sep 09
haha, the other day I overheard one tiny little gal scolding her mother oh. That tiny little gal was just five or six years old, still in kindergarten. She blamed her mother, "why don't you discuss with me? You will not make mistake if you'd have discuss with me" The poor mother kept quiet oh! That little gal did all the talking, and poured out all the dirty linens! I think she must be the twins of your daughter in heaven, before they decided to come to Earth.
@mommaj (22872)
• United States
13 Sep 09
LOL. That is too funny! My daughter would do that if she thought she could get away with it. LOL They must be from the same cloth.
@Ritchelle (3795)
• Philippines
14 Sep 09
well, mine is a little simpler. had a crying toddler in school for two weeks till one day the moment he sat down on his chair he said, "mommy would now work at home. go now, mommy".
@mommaj (22872)
• United States
14 Sep 09
LOL. Isn't it amazing how they just switch overnight. My daughter just takes off leaving dad behind.
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@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
5 Sep 09
This definitely seems like the age that our children suddenly get independent. My daughter has done the same thing and she is going to be seven in December. There was a time last year when we had to walk my daughter to her room every single day, then one morning she just suddenly said that she wanted to be dropped off at the gym instead of us parking the car and walking in with her. It sure was a change and one that I wasn't particularly sure that I liked. However, with her new-found independence, I've also seen confidence in her that I hadn't seen in the past.
@mommaj (22872)
• United States
5 Sep 09
I really haven't seen any confidence increase. Of course, she has always been sure of herself. She is her own person. She just always made sure mom and dad were around. Now, not so much.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
5 Sep 09
4 kids and 5 grandkids I've seen this with each of them at different ages. It seems what they say about us each being individuals is true - when they are ready to let go of the apron strings they don't give us any notice just do it:)
@mommaj (22872)
• United States
5 Sep 09
I never expected it. I personally would have liked a big alarming bell letting me know she is growing up. LOL At least she has only ditched dad. So far, she hasn't ditched me. I'm probably a little more overprotective than him. LOL
• United States
4 Sep 09
Well, they do and they don't..... It seems that when they feel comfortable in their surroundings, kids will go off and have a good time. That is what your loving atmosphere has built for your child, a way to know when they are safe and happy. Independence disappears very quickly when the atmosphere is not so friendly. There is always a place for parents in the long run. It is wonderful to see your kids grow.
@mommaj (22872)
• United States
5 Sep 09
I enjoy watching her changes. It saddens me at the same time.(Stay at home mom syndrome) I am glad she has friends. I knew she would because she can talk to a post. LOL