Was a lad (easy). Now a dad to Daisy & Seth (less easy).

Little Miss Stroppy


Something very strange happened over the school holidays.

At the start of the two weeks I had a 4 year old daughter called Daisy. A sweet, funny, charming, delightful Daisy.

By the end of the 14 days that followed, I still had a daughter called Daisy but she had seemed to have morphed into a teenager.

A stroppy, don’t-do-as-your-told, get-out-of-my-face, why-are-you-so-annoying-dad teenager.


When did we stop using the ‘DY’ on the end?!

Who made that decision? I’m not ready for that kind of decision.

It’s all very strange; she still looks exactly the same on the outside…

Daisy for Rich

(She had a lot of ice cream during the holidays… don’t judge me!)

But the interior has all changed.

The most prominent difference I’ve noticed is her response to things I say and, in particular, the word ‘Okay’ when I ask her a question. Except it’s not a regular ‘Okay’ anymore; this is a much more serious version, the kind that sounds more like…


Somehow the ‘O’ has been detached from the ‘kay’, and the ‘kay’ now seems to have gained several extra letters when delivered by Little Miss Stroppy.

Everything is a problem:

“Daisy, please can you come into the bathroom so we can clean your teeth?”


“Daisy, please come to the bathroom for teeth.”


“Daisy, why do I have to ask you three times to come to the bathroom to clean your teeth?”


Does this sound familiar?

What’s happened? Why the attitude?

She’s even started to storm off to her room if she’s not happy with something I’ve said to her.

“That’s just girls for you”, my wife said in an attempt to reassure me.

Now, I might be heading down the paranoia route here but it seems like my wife and my daughter have formed some sort of alliance against me. They clearly understand each other better than I ever will. Eventually this will lead to them doing most things together… without me at all.

In a nutshell, I’m being phased out!

How my daughter has hit the mood-swingy teenage stage already is baffling in itself considering she can’t even read yet and is still playing with Barbie dolls.

And it’s happened so quickly. A couple of weeks ago, I’d be goofing around in the kitchen, pulling faces and saying silly words that would have had her in hysterics.

Now, she just finds me annoying, not funny. (As does my wife, incidentally).

So in what can only be described as an unfortunate change in roles, my 4 year old now finds her 33 year old dad too immature for her.

I knew there would be a moment in our relationship when this would happen but how was I to know it would be so soon?!

Maybe next time we are sat having breakfast together I’ll mention the global recession, or something more on her level…

#lad2dad lesson men don’t understand women… at any age!

Did this happen to you? Always love to hear your stories in the comments section below.


Author: lad2dad

Dad to Daisy (aged 5) and Seth (aged 3) & Honey (aged hardly anything at all). And I chat on the radio for a living.

14 thoughts on “Little Miss Stroppy

  1. Haha love it! My daughter is 4 and exactly the same 😨 her favourite is “WHHHHHY-YYYYYUH?!” Drives me scatty! Oh and threatening me with “You’re not my best friend anymore!” When I won’t do something as important as feed her crisps exclusively.
    So funny yet scarily teenage at the same time xx

    • How could I forget “WHHHHHY-YYYYUH”. Also a regular noise circulating in our house!!! I’d love an exclusive crisp feeder. Sounds amazing!!! 🙂
      Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed.

  2. Funnily enough my five year old son is precisely the same, not just a girl thing. Thank goodness school returns tomorrow.

  3. Made me chuckle. I don’t have a girl, two boys (8&6), but takes me half a dozen times of asking for them to anything….. oh and of late, I seem to have turned into a referee. That wasn’t the plan when I had 2 so close together. They were supposed to be playmates and keep each other occupied for houra at a time. #bestlaidplans

    • Glad you enjoyed Paula. Two boys close together is always going to result in one thing; wresting matches that end up with one getting hurt every single time! Good luck…! 😉 x

  4. My 3 year old (just turned) daughter is exactly the same. Has been like this now for over 6 months. She’s just started dropping the ‘my’ from mummy & making me at 31 feel old!!

  5. Ha my daughter is 35 and I’ve had that since she was 4 years old just a few more years for you then Rich …
    Good job we love them….
    Xxx 💋💋👍

  6. My 14 year has been like this seems like forever. Plus accuses me of being lazy, should I ask him to do anything. Oh and another thing. All creams and shampoos are for girls. ??? So, you are still ok, considering things to come… x👍

  7. My sons 26 now and has called me Janey since he was about 5 ( because every one else does so why can’t I???) Wait till you’re sending them text messages whilst they’re upstairs as it’s easier than trying to converse through the walls!! Treasure them both now whilst you can it goes by way too quickly
    Loving the blogs by the way x

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