This is 8 years old, almost 9. She still craves Daddy’s love, and also – at times – purposefully mischievous, mouthy and disobedient. I get frustrated. I want to squash it, nip it in the bud and set her straight, but when I do that, I also stomp on her free spirit. I don’t want to do that. So I’m learning to pause, wait, be calm and work with her. Not easy, but simple. It’s an old lesson for me that I’ve mostly failed to execute throughout my relationships. But not her. The stakes are too high. Love my Ella.