My 8-year-old keeps surprising me.
I love her to death, but she’s a bit of a space cadet. 99% of the time, she doesn’t hear a word you’re saying because she’s goofing around.
Trying to talk to her about important things (logistics, life lessons, etc.) is worse than pulling teeth, unless you enjoy repeating yourself over and over. Getting her to sit still and listen, or move efficiently from Point A to Point B, is a herculean task.
She’s rarely serious. Not aloof, just silly, the way a kid should be.
And she can be moody, of course, often preferring to listen to music in the car instead of making conversation.