Well, the “Terrible Twos” have hit our house. And let me tell you, some say we have a “strong willed”, “stubborn”, “tenacious” (pick your adjective) child. It isn’t an education issues. He knows not to dig in the trash, but does it anyway. He knows not to kick the wall, but does it anyway. He knows not to take the knives out of the silverware drawer, but does it anyway. He knows not to hit the power button on the TV, but does it anyway.
He does these things even though he has tons of toys. He does them even though he says “No, no, no” while he’s doing them.
Now, I don’t know if he really is a “strong willed” child. He’s the first toddler that I’ve had, so, to me, it’s just what toddlers do. So we’re working through it. I remind myself that he won’t be one of those kids who graduates from college still stabbing the kitchen table with his fork. Right? It just takes time and consistency.
But what I’m really learning is that, in addition to patience-building, toddlers are FUN! Just watching him learn different things is a blast! Watching him master things that used to be beyond his ability or comprehension is a hoot! Watching him delight in things that are so ordinary-to-me is fun! I mean…
- When I hear a plane, I don’t ever stop what I’m doing, point to the sky and say “Dane!” Like he does.
- I don’t get all excited when someone hands me a washcloth and lets me wash the floor. Like he does.
- A little bit of snow on the ground doesn’t get me all a twitter. Like he does.
- I don’t shake my tooshy randomly when I hear music. Like he does.
- When handed a dirty diaper to throw in the trash, I don’t get all giddy. Like he does.
- I don’t shake with excitement when someone tells me that I need to put my shoes on. Like he does.
- When I get into the car, I don’t say “Go! Go! Go!” with the anticipation of the unknown. Like he does.
- When someone asks to see my “tum tum”, I don’t smile real big, lift my shirt and show them. Like he does.
It’s just fun to watch them grow and learn. Hard moments? Sure. Part of growing and learning is learning new boundaries and what’s socially acceptable (aka: we probably shouldn’t lift our shirt and show people our “tum tum” any time they ask!). But, man, this is a fun age! And to think that I used to fear it…