Terrible twos? Or terrible 18+ months?
This is something I’m starting to ask myself on a day to day basis.
Littlest Mayflower is about to turn 21 months. As far as I was aware “terrible twos” was exactly that, terrible behaviour at the age of 2! Except for some strange reason, my toddler has decided to start 4 months early!
Around a week ago, after draining us all with the worst behaviour I’d ever seen, she proceeded to have a break. We enjoyed 6 of the loveliest days with a happy, polite, contented little girl and I really thought after all the rules and discipline we’d worked hard to instill into such a young person we’d cracked it!
Day 7, and yesterday she woke with-as my dad would say- the devil up her bottom.
She spent the entire day randomly shouting NO at me, her dad and herself some of the time. She cried, whimpered, whined and refused to be consoled at any point.
I think as a parent it’s very easy to go into “denial”. You think, it’s ok, she probably just didn’t get an acceptable amount of sleep last night, she probably just needs an early night and she’ll wake up fine in the morning. This did not work. She went to bed earlier, which meant she woke earlier, and now we find ourselves, if at all possible, with her in a worse mood than she was yesterday.
Currently she is laying on the floor reading a book, following getting lots of toys out then refusing to tidy them away. I’ve told her there’s no lunch until it’s tidy-which has been met with a resounding NO and a scowl. I had assumed she would end up going along with it and tidy up before it got too close to lunchtime. I’m now starting to believe she’s not going to budge and I’ll end up coaxing her into doing it by helping her.
I can cope with the terrible twos. I can cope with the tantrums. I can even cope with the NO’s and the scowls. In all honesty I’d just like a bit of warning! Just a quick “tomorrow I’m going to be a nightmare mummy ok?”
Alas, this is never going to happen. So off I go, to assist my daughter in putting a jigsaw in a box! #mummyproblems