We are three months away from Reagan’s second birthday and I am beginning to worry about the “terrible twos.” Everybody knows about them and there are so many scary stories. It makes me want to run for the hills as I am not very good with having a child act up in public or decide that their tantrum is more important than everything else at that moment. Anyone that knows me tells me to relax, it’s the age and people don’t mind.
Let me give you a little background; Brian and I ~ NEVER having kids. Wasn’t happening so don’t ask. I was the person that sat in a restaurant and rolled my eyes when a child started screaming at his mother from across the dinner table that he didn’t want macaroni for dinner. I wasn’t a parent and couldn’t comprehend how kids could act that way and parents would do nothing about it. Fast forward nearly two years later and we have our own little girl now demanding that she doesn’t want to eat her chicken or drink her milk, she wants juice!
For the most part Reagan is very well behaved in restaurants and out in public but lately it seems like every little thing will set her off. For example, Monday I picked her up from daycare and we drove past the pool on the way into our driveway and she said “I wanna go swimming.” I told her that we weren’t swimming right now, it was dinner time. All the sudden my just happy child started crying uncontrollably that she wanted to go swimming and she started throwing a fit in her car seat. I whipped around to stare at her in shock and disbelief that my well behaved child had gone from 0 to 60 in a matter of seconds.
We walked into the house and she immediately ran to daddy thinking he would save the day. I told him about the latest encounter and he just looked at me, hugged Reagan and said, “here come the terrible twos!”
First of all I wanted to punch him in the face! How could he be so calm about it? I had worked really hard these past twenty or so months to keep this child from acting up and being a little angel and all the sudden it seemed like it was all for not! I guess it’s what we as parents all have to look forward to when a toddler nears the age of two. So what is my plan to handle the terrible twos? Being that Brian is that calm about it I think I’ll leave the parenting up to him because if I’m the one having to do it…watch out Reagan!