I've never owned a dog (sigh), but I understand that unruly dogs can be helped by attending obedience school, where trainers whisper at them, or something.
What if, instead, your dog is too obedient? And what if it's not a dog, but a 7 year old girl?
(Daisy, if you're reading this, quit it! Shooo! Go smoke a cigarette!)
So, yeah, what I'm really complaining about is that Daisy follows the rules too much. I know, I know, boo hoo for Mike, his daughter is too well-behaved. Honest to god though, this is not an optimal situation.
Daisy really follows rules to excess. She uses them as a crutch and sometimes as a form of self-punishment. She's the kid telling other kids not to misbehave, and the one kid who who blindly follows some absurd guideline that she may have even misheard. For example, she has complained multiple times that she doesn't get to play at lunchtime because they were told to pick up 10 pieces of litter before playing. Since there is hardly any garbage on their playground, she sometimes spends her entire lunchtime searching for nonexistent litter. It's futile and sad. She readily admits that no one else really follows the rule.
Consequently, I find myself in the unexpected position of having to tell my child to loosen up a bit. I'm explaining that good judgement can trump rule-following. I'm trying to teach her to question authority.
Is this even wise with 7 year olds? I think it is, but maybe I'll be creating a monster, taking my sweet obedient child and turning her into a cynical rebel, or, more likely, my lectures will have no effect.
I didn't expect to have this problem.