The brat is back in my life. I'm glad. She had not only become wiser but also has grown tall; taller than what I thought her to be. Becoming older and wiser has also turned her immune to many of my incessant demands for helping me and her mom to keep the house clean. So the other day, I tried to instill some respect for my demands and also get some laziness out of her in my own way. I decided to reason with her.
Me:*adopting a serious tone* Do you know you have changed a lot?
Daughter:*playfully* Doh! Of course. I am 8 now.
Me:*ignoring her attempt to diffuse my message and continuing in a serious tone* When you were small, you used to do a lot of things for me.
Daughter:*listening yet distant*
Me:*in a nearly melancholic tone* You used to take the empty tea cups to the kitchen once I had finished drinking tea. Now a days, you never do that or anything I ask you to. Earlier I never had to do this. You have become lazy now.
Daughter:*jumps up excited* That means you were lazy earlier!!!