“About the time our children master walking, they develop an irresistible urge to make their own choices.” (drgreen.com).
I recently read that quote online and laughed out loud! That’s exactly what we’re experiencing at our house– that irresistible urge is taking over my sweet innocent babies!! I think the ‘terrible twos’ have hit. Reese and Riley are 20 months (2 in September), but good golly those girls can certainly voice their wants and needs, their disagreements, and frustration. One second they are refusing to cooperate and the next they’re super silly and sweet. It’s like an emotional roller coaster, I tell ya.
Last week during Occupational Therapy, Riley REFUSED to walk. She’d literally frog up her legs and scream, then proceed to throw herself on the ground lay on her stomach, and kick her feet. (It’s SO ridiculous that it’s hard not to laugh! I call her my DQ (‘drama queen!’). Once she was sitting she’d stop screaming and play with her toys and do puzzles,but ask her to walk or try to stand her up… no way. Oh and WALKING is what we’re working on in OT- the entire point of it. Ugh! Then a couple minutes later during lunch, she was giggling, placing an apple slice on her head and proceeded to eat her entire lunch with a grin on her face (and apple on her head) quite proud of her silliness. What’s with these ‘terrible twos?’ They certainly keep me on my toes.
Reese just wants to be on the go all the time. If anything stops her (diaper change, meal time, etc), she gets frustrated. The good thing is she gets over it really fast. Their new independence and urge to make their own choices is normal and actually really neat to see as they are coming into their own person even at such a young age. But… the Terrible Two’s Times Two… yikes. And I have laid back children!
So, tell me, Super MoMs: What are your survival techniques?! Redirection? Time-Out? Removal from frustrating situation? I ADORE this age (the new words, sense of humor, showing love- melt my heart!), but this mama needs some sanity some days!
Amy@ Beyond Normalcy: Life With Twins