You don't have to know me too well, or probe too far into this blog, to realise that, when it comes to the type A/ type B personality dichotomy, I am much more 'A' than 'B'.
According to Wikipedia, a type A personality is:
* rigidly organised
* status conscious
* can be sensitive
* care for other people
* always try to help others
* take on more than they can handle
* want other people to get to the point
* obsessed with time management
I'm not all of these things, but a lot of them do describe me quite well.
While it is probably a little too early to categorise her as a type A or type B, she does demonstrate a number of type B traits. Wikipedia describes these as:* apathetic
* no sense of time schedule
* having poor organization skills
* lacking an overriding sense of urgency
Again, these don't all describe Miss 4, but many do. And, I don't know how much of this is just a function of being 4 years old, or how many of these traits are here to stay.
There is much joy and amazement in observing my creative, not-particularly-organised, non-rule-following type B. There is also much frustration, as the type A parts of me, and the type B parts of Miss 4 sometimes clash.
She would much rather draw, than colour. Don't try to recommend subject matter for her to draw...
If lines/ words/ instructions are offered, they will likely be disregarded...
|The more bling, the better!|
|Why not decorate the inside of the box too?|
When it comes to music, she makes as much noise as possible... whether the song demands it or not...
Lego, puzzles and other construction-type toys are a recipe for conflict - type A mummy wants to follow the instructions while type B 4-year-old creates freely. (This photo, looking at the instruction booklet did not last long!)
And, let's not talk about getting dressed and ready in the morning, making deadlines, sticking to a (time) schedule or me trying to achieve multiple tasks quickly with Miss 4 in tow. On the other hand, Miss 4 teaches me about just enjoying the moments, observing the little things around me, taking in details and slowing down a little.
Are you a type A or type B? Do you clash with any of your kids?