Aisha, 5yo, February 2010
Aisha adjusts her scarf ...

Aisha, 5yo, February 2010
... performs her little dance ...

Aisha, 5yo, February 2010
... and ends with an embarassed giggle as she looks to her sister.

I knew it was coming. The end of the cute stage. I’d seen it happen before with other people’s children (no names), and I wasn’t so naïve to believe that it wouldn’t happen to my gorgeous girls.

There’s an invisible switch that goes off in a child — somewhere between the ages of four and seven — where they turn from adorable to annoying. We’ve noticed it’s happened just recently in Aisha.

All of sudden, Aisha is so confident that she is cocky. Her first response is not necessarily an agreeable acquiescence. Instead, she questions and baulks. In her games, Aisha knows how to create more sophisticated scenarios and runs rough-shod over those she’s playing with.

It’s bittersweet to notice “the end of cute’ in our little girl’s growing-up. She’s no longer a little girl, but an older one — one that is reading with more confidence, aware of the world around her, certain of her place in it and asking such interesting questions!

Our prayer is that as she makes this transition, we also learn how to encourage her and discipline her in ways that lead her to becoming a confident and godly young woman.