The other day, Staley was being bossy with Adelie and we had this conversation:
Me: "Staley, you aren't in charge of Adelie."
Staley: "Well sometimes I am."
Me: "No, you're not. You're the big sister. Mommy and Daddy are always in charge."
Staley: "Well, when we're with Grammie and Grandpa, since they don't know the rules, THEN I'm in charge of Adelie."
And the other evening, we were out in the driveway as a family. I was helping Adelie put on her bike helmet and was inadvertently holding it backwards.
Zach (to me): "That's backwards, dear."
Staley (to Zach): "She knows that, Dad. You don't have to tell her. You're not the boss. Mom is always the boss here."
Zach: "So what's that supposed to mean?"
Staley: "It's supposed to mean that Mom is here and when Mom is here, then you don't have to do her job."
Zach: "What's her job?"
Staley: "You know. Telling people things."
So according to Staley, the family hierarchy of being in charge goes something like this:
Mom is always in charge. (Smart girl.) If Mom isn't here, then Dad can be in charge. Sometimes Staley's in charge. And if it's Grammie or Grandpa day, then all charge duties automatically fall to Staley. It's a tough job for a 4 year old, but if anyone can handle it, it's Staley.