This actually came out of my mouth (mid conversation) while talking to Maura about being called a nerd at school today: Don't ever dumb yourself down to make the people around you happy. It's not your job to make everybody happy. You aren't a jar of Nutella.
Schatz is a sassy six year old. She is a handful. "Schatz" (Shot-zee) is a German endearment like honey or sweetie.
Early on I decided that I had two options with this child. I could get frustrated with her when she is sassy or bossy; or I could recognize the humor in the situation, grab a pen, and write it down. I chose the latter. Yes, this is real. No, this is not an exaggeration.
In the spirit of fair parenting, I've started peppering this blog with the funny things that my older daughter says and does. You can't make this stuff up!