This sweet child of mine is now 3.4 years old and is in this new stage of defiance, sneakiness, lying, testing boundaries etc. It’s actually super cute a lot of the time. Sometimes, though, it is incredibly irritating and pushes me to my parenting limits.
Let’s review the cute parts of this new stage:
- At bed time asking for us to tell him a made-up story instead of reading a book. This can actually be super funny.
- Crawling out of bed 2-3 times and coming to our door to say I just want to snuggle with you all day… seriously melts our hearts and makes us feel like jerks for putting him back to bed.
- Lying about having done something such as eating all his food while sitting right in front of the bowl full of food that he is talking about.
- Sneaking away to hide under the table with a cell phone and cracking up in peals of laughter at his own sneakiness when we catch him.
Now let’s review the not-so-cute parts of this new stage:
- Breaking down in tantrum cries when we tell him no to any request.
- Running up and down the hall screaming happy screams over and over again at 5:30 in the morning while baby brother is still sleeping.
- Asking him to do something or get his attention while he completely ignores you until he feels ready to acknowledge your presence.
- Asking you to cut his sandwich in half then screaming in apparent pain when you do and finding out 10 minutes later that he wanted you to cut some other thing, not his sandwich.
- Suddenly using sounds, grunts and hand gestures as a way to communicate his wants and needs instead of actual words.
- Crying when his water bottle is empty instead of just asking for more water.
- Sneaking away with a cell phone and ignoring our requests or demands for it back until we physically extract it from his damp little fingers.
- Sneaking away with his baby brother’s yogurt melts and eating them until we realize what he’s doing, then when we take them away throwing a tantrum and crying about how he doesn’t want to do anything and stomping to his room.
My children are such a blessing and as soon as the boys are asleep and we go to check on them and turn off their night light, I say every night to my husband how wonderful they are and how I love them so so so so much. He has started laughing at me, and will now say about 5 minutes after a tantrum, aren’t our kids so wonderful? And this is the key folks. To get through the tough moments of ridiculousness, one must maintain a sense of humor. At all times. There simply is no other way. Thank goodness I married someone who can make me laugh!
Do you ever have moments with your children that are equally wonderful and terrible? Please share in the comments!