They say your youngest child is the one who's the most spoiled. That's the one you let get away with everything the older ones never did, the one who seems to have no rules to follow at all. They say it's because now you're older, you're more tired, you're more lenient and more mesmerized by those big, begging eyes and adorable face.
The thing is, I never thought I'd be "that mom." I've always been a more conservative parent, saying no before I might maybe say yes and having consequences that really did follow the threats I made. My kids are all well mannered and well behaved. It makes this turn of events all the more shocking to them, even more so because our youngest child isn't a child at all.
It's a dog.
For me, that youngest, most spoiled child in our family is our 6-year-old shih tzu, Bella. Three older daughters, ages 16, 13 and 10, precede her, and all shake their head in amazement when they see Bella get away with something they never could. They can't believe I've fallen so hard for her sweet face and pleading looks. They can't believe how many things I say yes to for her that I never did for them.
I tell her it's a good thing she's cute. I tell her I'm going to sell her to gypsies for 50 cents the next time they come through town, just like I used to tell my girls when they were her age and they misbehaved. Then she gives me those eyes, that adorable look that seems to apologize and promise she'll never do it again, and I say it's okay.
Just. This. Once.
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