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It's Tough Being Two

Posted by Kristen on May 21, 2009 at 6:41 AM in Siblings
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Baby Mason comes by this face honestly. His brother? He's is a train wreck. I complained to his teacher last week about how he just barrels everyone over, ALL THE TIME. It's driving me crazy. He's running into things, knocking things over and generally creating quite a mess at all times.

His teacher reminded me that he is two. She reminded me that he has that eye issue. She reminded me that he has that foot that turns in. So now I'm frustrated at a kid that can't focus properly and has problems walking.

*hangs her head in shame*

Sometimes as a parent it is really easy to get in the moment and fail to see the big picture. For Nathan, the big picture is that objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear. His clunky sneakers might make it more difficult to navigate the clutter that is his life. And he might just be two years old.


Jess writes...

But I bet he loves his baby brother to pieces...I mean he might love him INTO pieces...but he still loves him.

2 year olds are their own breed of human being, I mean i dont GET them...but they are their own breed.

Steve writes...

Laughed so hard it's so funny as a parent that we look right past the obvious issues and go right to our frustration with our child... only to be totally embarrassed when it is pointed out to us by someone else. All part of the joy of being a parent... love the photo too!!

Jess writes...

My 2nd son (the middle child of 3 boys) is a "crasher", too. It takes a lot of energy to get through the day, anyway, but this kind of kid kicks it up a notch!

Lately we've been learning a lot about different sensory "diets" - some comments from his preschool teachers led me to read about sensory processing, and this checklist:

The site is oriented toward sensory processing disorder but I've found it really helpful just in thinking about the needs of our family members. It's helpful for the "big picture" to put things into context!

Alison writes...

The "terrible twos" really are a challenging time for parents and its easy to think that this will go on forever. However, it is just a phase and WILL pass - at least that's what I keep telling myself!

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