I've always been a skeptic of the "terrible two's". Labels that cause expectations that are often not even true and induce false dread and false relief. I mean really, isn't "terrible" a little harsh? Kids are sweetly naughty because of their innocence, right? Plus we've all got our semi-terrible moments (well, me not so much), even those of us several decades old. So why put all the pressure on an innocent 2-year old to be naughty and difficult?! To let the age be the scapegoat of all unwanted behavior, I guess.
Why am I even going off on this? Well, because for me I find the difficulty in the 1- year olds and want some validation and perhaps some understanding. Here is some of my evidence 1 year olds are more of a handful than 2-year olds:
- 1 year olds grunt, point, and pant their desires, which must be met immediately!
- They want to do boring stuff like stand at the microwave for minutes and just open and close that door for what seem like hours.
- They don't like the telly so how can long car rides work or using the telly as a babysitter? (super problem, I know).
- That beautiful display tower of jello at the store? Gone.
- They remember the taste of that m&m well enough to know where they are and to grunt you in the direction of them. Can't quite reason with them "treat after the sliced bananas, baby" (ok, shame on me for exposing my babes to the evil seduction of sweets)
The list goes on but so will boredom if I continue...
Steering away from all that negativity (if it's taken as that) and more on a "isn't he precious" note, here are some pictures of Samuel doin' some of his 1-year old hobbies.
Playing mop for a good 10 minutes. He also likes R's wooden shoe trees. You never know what makes a good toy for a 1 year old.
Look here- I'm impressed that he knows how to twist a screwdriver! I have to change our belt about every two weeks because of all the random dress-up scarves we have half-hiding, just within suction's reach.
What I have to put on the floor to keep to keep him entertained so I don't have to hold him while I do my important duties.
So those are my thoughts on this matter. But dang, as high-maintenance as he is, he is a GOOD boy. Labels and all.