jekyll and hyde

When I picked Maggie up from school today, her daycare teacher (who, by the way, is a friend of mine from high school) said- and I quote- “She is such a scream!”

(I’m assuming by her smile she meant “scream” in a good way, like SO HILARIOUS! and not “scream” like “OH MY GOD GET THIS KID AWAY FROM ME!” heh.)

We know this about Maggie, of course- she cracks us up about 200 times a day. But apparently she shares the Goofy with other people too.

She’s been spending more time with the Big Kids at school (3 and 4 year olds) and has been doing really well. And she’s SUPER proud of herself for hanging with the Big Kids. She told me last Friday, “I was DOWN-DARES wiff da Big Kids!”

Story from today: they were playing in the yard, and the Little Kids were up on the deck. Maggie looked up and waved to the Little Kids, saying “Hi fwends! I down here in da yard wiff da Big Kids!”

Little braggart.

Then in the afternoon, it was time for her to come back upstairs with the Little Kids for naptime. She said to Miss Daycare Teacher, “Can I come down-dares wiff you later?? Okay??!”

I asked Miss Daycare Teacher if she’s being a good girl at school (lately we’ve been dealing with some, um, issues with Not Listening and Being A Bossy Snotty Brat at home). She nodded emphatically and said (again, I quote): “She’s been an ANGEL!”


So when we were in the car on the way to ChickFilA (I’m a gourmet chef, dontcha know?), I asked her if she was a good girl at school. She said “YUP! I lissin to da teachers!”

“Oh do you?” I said.

“Yeah. Udder kids go to da time out chair.”

“But you don’t go to the time out chair?”


Then I asked her why she listens to her daycare teachers so well, but not to her mommy and daddy. She said, very quietly, “Because.”

“Because why?”

*nearly whispering* “Because I don’t… yike… my mommy and daddy.”


At dinner she mostly redeemed herself by nearly making us choke on our chicken nuggets when she was wiggling around and then, pointing to her foot: “OWWWW! I hurt my hoof!”


I’ve said it many times (and I’d imagine, so has every other parent on the planet about THEIR 2 year old): she’s lucky she’s cute.


  1. Priscilla

    November 9, 2009 9:58 pm

    oh man, Jen, this post had me laughing!! She is so cute! Daycare says that Lincoln is so good and well mannered….I tell them that he just hasn’t come out of his shell yet!!

  2. Kelly

    November 9, 2009 11:03 pm

    Oh Jen, she is totally precious! :) And also a little too smart for her own good! Ha.

  3. Pepper

    November 10, 2009 1:02 am

    My son is an angel until I come into the room. Our Daycare Lady says this to me all the time. She says he turns into a totally different little kid when I get there. Sigh. I don’t know if I should be happy because I don’t have to worry about him being a hellion at places without me or if I should be sad because I don’t get to enjoy him at his best. Sigh.
    .-= Pepper’s last blog post: Unorganized but Still Alive =-.

    • Jen

      November 10, 2009 8:24 am

      I know exactly what you mean- I’m on the fence too. I mean, I’m glad she’s happy and good at school, but WHY does she have to be so mean to us!?!? ;) I try to take it that she feels secure and comfortable with us to Be Herself and let it all ‘hang out’, so to speak… heh. But yeah, apparently it’s pretty common for kids to be 2 opposite temperaments at home and at daycare (or even at school)

  4. Jane

    November 10, 2009 9:34 am

    oh wow… just another parallel in our lives!! :)

    she is a cutie!
    .-= Jane’s last blog post: Easy Crockpot Pot Roast =-.

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