What you see here is a strong personality full of strong opinions. Like the fact that this is perfectly appropriate preschool attire.
And in the end, why not? If she doesn’t where it to school, where will she wear it? She is doing a very good job teaching us to pick our battles. The battles we ARE picking? Usually they have to do with more listening, less blaming, and some perspective (the world is not a terrible place if Annabelle said something in a mean voice or you ended up not getting to do something you REALLY wanted to do, because we ran out of time). She is inherently more critical of the world than her older sister ever was, but can thankfully (usually) be steered in the right direction – especially if there is an option for silliness!
In the end, Clementine is definitely an empath, and half of her frustrations have to do with unfair treatment or hurt feelings. Which means it didn’t surprise us when she told us this week that she’d like to help animals for her whole life by becoming a vet:
When not evaluating the world around her, Clementine is usually found knee deep in an art project (she spends SO MUCH TIME working on a single project – it’s awesome):
or on any form of wheels (bike, scooter, or skateboard):
Clementine still spends plenty of time in make believe worlds doing make believe things, but since her sister is growing out of that a bit (and Charlie has never been a huge fan), it’s a little harder for her to find a co-conspirator these days. That said, she’s still great at entertaining herself, especially if you give her an important job. She loves to have an impact, especially if it makes others feel better. Not a bad quality for a 5 year old or an adult! Which reminds me on a regular basis what an awesome adult this beautiful child will one day be.