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Your Average Two-Year-Old Behavior

Posted by Kristen on May 14, 2009 at 6:23 AM in Raising BoysSiblings
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Isn't he cute? You would hardly know that this is the face of a child that just may drive his mother over the edge.

I've been working on watching the kids more closely. That means if anyone is in a mood, they have to follow me everywhere. That everywhere includes the bathroom. I miss going to the bathroom on my own but at least I know you aren't climbing up on a chair, removing the lock from the door and getting into the chemicals. You know, spraying bleach cleaner on the dirty laundry.

I let down my guard on Friday. Not really. I just needed to change my clothes. As I pulled my shirt over my head, I heard a loud shatter. Oh, no. Not the window. I waited a second and I didn't hear anyone screaming. I continued to change my clothes. The damage was done. You can't un-break the window now.

I went downstairs and looked out the now-broken window. On the other side was Nathan wielding a broom. He seemed disinterested in the shattered double paned window that provides a lovely view from the dining room to the back porch. I began to yell at him through the window and I promptly put him in timeout.

He didn't really care. I found Ethan hiding under a table in the other room. It's nice to see that someone fears my wrath. As far as the middle child goes, I guess my only recourse is to lock up all the brooms.


Amber writes...

They're just lucky they're cute! I love that you had the composure to continue with your wardrobe change. You have clearly been around this block a time or two. :)

Larry writes...

Kristen -

It's never too early to get them into futbol! I hate to tell mason, he's automatically going to be the goalie, no matter what, so I hope he has a helmet, and a never say die attitude!

corrine writes...

thank you for bringing memories of just how a two year old acts, as I am now watching my great grandson and was wondering if all the things he is doing, are because if his age terrible twos

David writes...

You yelled at your two year old? Are you out of your mind? Do you think the child intentionally broke the window with the full understanding of the reprecussions? Get a grip.

KristenAuthor Profile Page writes...

Yes, I am out of my mind, David. :-) Whether or not my child knew the repercussions of breaking a window or his actions were intentional, he knew he wasn't supposed to be wielding a broom stick under any circumstances. Of course he couldn't anticipate the broken window but that doesn't help me very much if he had put the broom stick in his brother's eye instead. If you do not believe that yelling at a child for doing a dangerous activity is useful since the child cannot understand, that suggests that talking to them reasonably will not work as well. Maybe my child isn't your average 2-year-old. :-)

sysney writes...

hey, Kristen, that boy in the photo looks so cute and smart. I'm designing a leaflet about medicine for kids, can i use this photo for that? i live in Vietnam, so it's so difficult for me to buy photo online. if u say yes, i really appreciate.

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