My dear sweet little miss Malia has a nasty side to her!! You know, when Malia was a little baby (man, that seems like FOREVER ago already, guys!) she was so quiet and happy and peaceful -- well, after the first month or so of her life anyway. I was sure that she was going to be my little princess. Joelle was a very busy, loud, rebellious girl who started her "terrible two's" at 18 months already (and at almost 4 is just barely starting to come out of it), and after having Malia around for several months, I was convinced that things would be different with her. Apparantly that was just wishful thinking, because Malia is anything but a quiet, peaceful little girl now. Don't get me wrong; she's still my little princess. She's such a sweetie...BUT -- she has a side to her that is just down-right crazy.
Before she was old enough to defend herself against her big sister, I always pitied her. Poor Malia...she needs to learn to stand up for herself. Well, that day has long since come. Now I feel for Joelle...Poor girl -- her little sister can be such a bully.
Here's the thing: Malia is in a bad phase of hair pulling. That's right. She grabs on to Joelle's beautiful blond hair and pulls as hard as she can. Joelle of course shrieks from shock and pain and I go running to her aid. Sometimes I'm clear across the room and I have to bolt over as quick as I can to pry Malia's hands off of her poor sister's head. She will often have a huge clump of her hair in her grasp. This happens at least once a day, sometimes several times; I'm surprised Joelle isn't bald by now!!
After Malia gets her punishment (which doesn't seem to be very affective -- any advice??), she always needs to go up to Joelle and say "sorry" and give her a kiss. And my wonderful Joelle is so forgiving...without fail, she says "That's okay Malia" and then gives her a big hug and tells her how much she loves her. And then just like that they're best friends again...until Malia gives her hair yet another pull and we do it all over again.
I guess Joelle is really taking the "forgive seventy times seven" thing seriously. Bless her heart!