Here we go again. The terrible twos have struck. Albeit a little early for my taste (at 19 months of age), our youngest one has declared that ‘no’ is her new favourite word.
What is ‘mhm, mhm, yummy more’ one day will be thrown at Mama with gusto the next. What was ‘shooon’ (baby German for beautiful) yesterday cannot and under no circumstances be worn ever again. Pulling her sister’s hair, scratching the table with a fork, tipping over a cup of tea or throwing various objects into the toilet all have to be tried, if only to check out the reaction on Mama’s face. And Mama’s face is not a happy one.
We have been there before, and most of the time I can watch the Pea go crazy and smile about it – much to her chagrin. But sometimes, especially when she is at risk of harming herself or others, I find myself cross with her. I know that this is only a phase, but at the same time, I am wary of bad habits. If I let her go through with a certain behaviour today, chances are she is going to keep on doing it when she is older.
Or won’t she? Have I watched too much Supernanny and everything will fall into place by itself?
We never had to be really strict with her sister, because Lil’ L is much calmer to begin with. But what do you do with a naughty little dare devil?
Posted anonymously, 25th May 2014