These stylish kind of pants start to fit just right at around 7 years of age. Or so it seems. I frankly don’t like the look of them.

I would prefer a dash of humility, self-awareness, attentiveness, emptying the cup of self to make room for valuable experiences and wisdom.

I took note of personalities blooming, expanding to be larger than life, just as kids enter school proper. There is an influx of knowledge, intellectual and social competition, all the while kids are on a roller coaster of discovering themselves.

Jackie is social and confident. Her ability to communicate in an engaging manner is evident. She naturally uses big and context appropriate words, and she definitely like to contribute in the grownup conversations. But she currently seems to own all the smarty pants. I love her to pieces, and I can’t wait to see how she continues to polish her mind and personality, but meanwhile we are holding on for the crazy ride of parenting her.

Every other 8 year old sounds just like that to me, a ton of self-importance, loud and vocal. I guess the smartypants are perfectly fitted for this age and stage.