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When you have a four-year old girl who wants to be the fashionista that you are not, you see things like the one in the picture below.
My four-year old girl does not cease to surprise me with her interest in fashion and makeup.
On one occasion, I saw her painting her fingers with my pen. I cautioned her and asked her if she had ever seen me with painted nails. (seriously, painting nails is not my thing. It doesn’t just click for me, at least not now).
In response to my scolding, she told me that her teachers paint their nails and that she likes painted nails.
Can you imagine that?
The influence of teachers on children is actually far more than we can ever imagine. From my encounter with my daughter, it is clear that not only do children look up to their teachers, but also the teachers mould the lives of those children.
When my daughter she said that her teachers also pain their nails, I then took my time to explain to her that she was (and is still) too young to paint her nails and that such are for mummies and aunties only.
After my explanations, I thought we had permanently resolved the matter, not knowing that I was yet to see the bigger picture.
Few days later, I saw my son (7 years old) dragging my daughter towards me to make a complaint. When I looked at them, I realised that I needed no further explanation.
Apparently, my daughter went and took my permanent marker and painted all her finger nails and even her finger edges.
I wonder if she learnt that type of nail painting from her teachers too.
I had to tell her to stretch out the painted nails while I snapped them, making her believe that the photos are to be kept as a reminder for her not to try such again. ( reminder indeed! Lol….).