Is it just me or do teens and toddler display very similar behaviors?
Moody and won’t use their words to explain their feelings or what they want or need. Needing help with the easiest things but refusing help with difficult things! Tranums about things that are out of anyone’s control, like it being Monday or the sun setting. Unrealistic wants, do I have to explain? It’s the whole, I want what I want, when I want it. Everything in life is totally unfair. Sleeping all the time without expending any energy to actually make one tired. Picky eating habits. Eating all the time (that’s when they aren’t sleeping) but only foods that are high in calories and sugar. No poisonous veggies, grains or fruits…no way! Water is death. They won’t drink it or be washed with it. Heaven forbid they smell of soap and their teeth are brushed.
When will this baby phase end? I have a 15 year old and a 10 year old. Far from being toddler age but they bicker, argue, whine and cry like a bunch of babies…often. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good, respectful kids most the time and usually to people not living in our house. But I see the toddler phase still thriving in these two.
They say that, the saying “the good ‘ol days” is actually the days when we are raising our kids. I would have to agree. Even through the back talking, nail biting, fit throwing, and grime, this time is still the best time of my life. I’m thankful for it.
My sticky, tattler-telling, messy, argumentative, over sized toddlers are my very favorite people. They make everyday different and worth living. The stress and burden of adulthood needs their comic relief. I need them to remind me not to be all work, aches and pains. I need to get on floor and play, be creative, color and paint. Explore the newness of their world and show them the past of mine. I love playing video games with them and talking to them about what a video game looked like in the 80’s and 90’s. It so awesome sharing my favorite songs and types of music with them, while they open a whole new world of tik tok to me. It’s fun, embarrassing and priceless.
Yes, they are needy and can be plain rude at times but God knows just how thankful that I am for them!