So today was my Mom's birthday and we went out to eat. My cousin came along. She is 7 years older than me and we've always been close but I've always felt that she's thought of me as a 'brat' in a way--I don't know how to explain it really. I just feel like she thinks I'm not quite as smart as her and that I'll always be the baby and she'll always be the older, wiser one. But even still, we're really close and have always been good friends.
Today in the restaurant, Maia was in rare form. She was not happy sitting to wait for our food (it took a really long time) and she got fidgety and started to do her little tantrum ear-splitting scream. So DH takes her out of her seat and walks her around the dining area, diffusing the situation.
My cousin then tells me that I'm 'going to have a hard time with that one' and that she'll be a brat if I don't nip the tantrums in the bud. But the way she said it made me realize that she thinks Maia is a brat NOW.
She doesn't have children and often comments on how bratty other kids are but hearing her call Maia a brat... wow. I didn't know what to say or do. I just told her that DH was diffusing the situation the only way we knew how and that I didn't think she was destined to be a brat because she gets fussy as a 16 month old.
This is a long story, but are any of you dealing with this sort of thing? I just feel bummed out now!