The blog drought is over, for now at least. How long has it been since I posted something? There’s no real reason for the hiatus; the crappy winter resulted in nothing interesting to write, so I didn’t waste my time or yours. What’s fun about a weekly blog on parent/toddler arguments? Nothing, so I’ll just sum it up real quick.
Age 3 has been much more of a parenting challenge for me than 2 ever was. Between 3 and 3½ I got a hard and fast lesson on stubbornness, defiance, backtalk, and crankiness. I know it’s all part of Junior’s growing up, learning how to express himself, having an opinion, yada yada yada, but some mornings I contemplated walking out of the house and going to work in my bath robe just to escape it.
The funny thing is, Junior is only a grumpasaurus at home; he’s an absolute prince when we’re together with friends and playing with other kids. So my friends literally don’t believe me when I tell them that he throws tantrums, swats at me, and loses privileges on a fairly regular basis. A little junior Jekyll & Hyde I suppose. I’ve taken the liberty of creating a top-10 list of Junior’s greatest (and most illogical) anger-inducing situations. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy experiencing them.
10. Syrup placement: God forbid I drizzle syrup ON his pancake instead of on the side for dipping.
09. Get dressed before we come downstairs for breakfast? Hellz no!
08. What? No cartoons during dinner? Mommy should be deported.
07. Runny nose = tissue only. Toilet paper, napkins, hankies and any other absorbent items are contraband.
06. “Junior, please pick up your shoes.” “No YOU do it mommy!” Uhhhh, what?
05. “Junior, I need to wash your hair because it smells like a trash can.” (SCREAMING) “I WANT to smell like a trash can!” This bathtub episode was great – I got it on video.
04. When and where I blow dry my hair can be a major issue on any given morning. Tread lightly…
03. Daddy does the occasional morning daycare run. LOOK OUT.
02. Well let’s face it… Daddy tries to do any of the usual Mommy stuff (excluding wrestling, tickling, and watching vintage Muppets shows online) and there’s backlash.
01. SOFT PANTS. Dear Lord, the child wants to wear some form of sweat/jersey/athletic pants every day and doggone it I want him to wear khakis every once in a while. So we finally came to a mutual agreement that seems to work: soft pants on Mondays and Fridays, and “handsome” clothes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. DEAL.
I’m laughing as I write this because the conflicts we have are so ridiculous. Fortunately as he approaches 4 he is definitely easing up on some of those idiosyncrasies. But even if we start the day arguing about sweatpants it’s good to know that the nights usually end with snuggles and story time and bedtime prayers. Not always, but usually. He’s an opinionated guy, what can I say? He’s particular about the order of things; he appreciates a process. He also falls down and bumps into things a lot, so I’m guessing my DNA is really taking charge in there. Poor guy – I know how hard it is to be a klutzy type-A person who wishes she could wear sweatpants every day.