Hey parents! (or uncles / aunties, since I'm an uncle and it's my niece I'm asking about) My niece is 3 years and 5 months old, and I absolutely adore her. She's had a very awkward upbringing, mainly due to her mother (my sister) constantly abandoning her, going AWOL. Anyway, tonight being a prime example, her mother has gone AWOL, and we are having my niece for the night because her father does a night shift. Residency arrangement is basically with her father (unless he's at work), nursery during the day where possible, the mother (when she can be arsed), and with my parents and I when all else fails, the mother isn't available (or vanishes for days). Well, that's that bit out the way - my niece has always seemed very intelligent. She definitely seems more advanced than other children her age. She's also very fussy about the position of things... and now she's also starting to get a bit... well... obsessive about patterns. Take this photo as a prime example - she did this on the floor a couple of nights ago when she was here. She 'has to' have things in the exact place where she feels they should be, or she actually gets quite angry / upset. I'm not a fan of labelling people, and she obviously has quite a strange time at the moment, going from house to house and not having much stability. Perhaps it's the lack of stability causing behaviour like this? Any suggestions?!