Nine-year-olds tell it like it is:
Upon spotting my copy of ScreamFree Parenting: "Maybe you should try some of that out." She paused and said, "Actually, you haven't really been yelling at me too much lately."
When I was urging her to help me clean up before the babysitter came over: "Are you cleaning up so that she will think that we have a clean house, since she's never been here before?"
One morning when I got her up for school: "Why do you have makeup on? Where are we going?"
Now I can't really argue with her on the other observations, but I wear makeup more often than I don't wear makeup. However, I think that I did have lipstick on, which obviously gave me a more polished look. Usually I don't put that on until I'm in the car going somewhere.