I read that to Holly and she was speechless. Seriously mouth-open disbelief. Then she asked "WHY would they burn the house down with matches?"[back to the dire things that children will do if parents let them]
Holly Dodd is twelve years old, and has gone barefoot AND decided to wear shoes on thousands of occasions, depending on the circumstances.
Holly has never run in the street between cars.
She takes lots of baths and always has.
Holly loves lots of vegetables (especially spinach, carrots, artichokes, avocados which she says are actually a fruit, but they're green), but there are no veggies that are "her veggies." We don't assign her veggies or require veggie-eating of her. Never have. Holly doesn't really like chocolate cake much at all.
She has never mistreated an animal in her life.
She has played with matches but has never burned anything that she shouldn't have or that she didn't mean to. She's good at building fires in the fireplace. That's a good life skill.
Holly has gone to bed every night her whole life, except two nights when she took a nap early and then got up at midnight to stay awake with a friend who was supposed to be awake all night for medical tests in the morning.
Holly brushes her teeth, and since she got braces she has been flossing quite a bit, and she wanted to get a Water Pik so we got her one.