The girls have been in bed for 20 minutes, but are still talking....
Me: "Stop talking. It is time to sleep!"
Child #4: "But Mom! I'm just trying to decide who I should marry!"
Me: "I'm pretty sure that can wait. Stop talking so you and your sisters can sleep!"
Child #4: "But Mom! It will only take a second!"
Me: "Go to sleep!"
I went back upstairs. I'm pretty sure she kept up the conversation (but in a whisper), until she made her decision. I'm too afraid to ask.
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Overheard Child #4 and her father.....
Child #4: "Dad, do you know why I am so sad?"
(bear in mind, she does not sound remotely sad. Only matter-of-fact)
Him: "No, why?"
Child #4: "Because no boys love me."
Him: "I love you. Your brothers love you. Your grandpas....."
Child #4: "No! Dad, no boys MY AGE are in love with me."
Him: "Oh. Ok, then."
If anyone has any tips on how to keep her from growing up so fast, I'd love to hear them.