I have a little girl who recently turned 2 years old, and boy did she turn into a toddler. Gone are the days of me guessing to understand what she wants. Now she tells me very specifically what she does and doesn’t like and exactly how she wants it. There was so much i didn’t know about two-year-olds, and even some that I didn’t believe, until I had one of my own. Here’s what I know so far:
1. They Really Are Super Opinionated
I used to roll my eyes when friends and family members would tell me their two-year-old refused to put on matching shoes or had to have their toast cut into perfectly square bite-sized pieces. Turns out that two-year-old really are as opinionated as everyone says, and arguing over their neurotic behavior is pointless. Sure we sometimes have to leave the house with her dressed in pajamas, a tutu and rain boots, but hey, what can it hurt?
2. They Have No Filter
We have officially entered that cringe-worthy stage of parenting. Two-year-olds have NO filter. They just say the first thing that pops into their head. I’m finding out that sometimes, (a lot of the time) what they say is not even accurate. My personal favorite is when my toddler likes to loudly proclaim in the grocery store that, “Mommies boobies are for feeding baby brother.” While true, it’s not really the time and place to discuss breastfeeding with her.
3. They Have The Best Imaginations
I know this is just the start of the grown up type imaginary play this is going to continue for years to come. But having this first glimpse into her little imagination is completely amazing. I love watching her little mind work and all the different scenarios she makes up for us. Sometimes it works out to my advantage, “Sure, kid, I’ll be sleeping beauty and just lay here on the couch.”
4. They Really Can Be Your BFF’s
Sure, life as a work-at-home mom has it’s challenges, but there really isn’t anything better then hanging out with your BFF all day everyday. I’ve recently tried to have more structure and routine to our days at home so I can maximize our time together and also be efficient at my work. Since doing this I find myself loving all the time we get to spend together and I can tell my daughter loves her “mommy” time as much as I do. At home mani’s and pedis have become our little tradition.
5. They Develop Weird Fears + Dislikes
Ok, maybe this is just mine but ever since her 2nd birthday she has developed all kinds of weird fears and dislikes. She freaks out when different food on her plate touches each other, she doesn’t like it when the bath toys float to close to her, and don’t even get me started on trying to brush her hair. I don’t know where half of it comes from but they usually last a month or two and them something new takes it’s place. I personally think she just really likes this new game where she tries to make my life harder.
6. They Tell You What To Do
I mean children really start telling you what to do as soon as their squirming pink bodies enter this world screaming. We rock and sing and do whatever we can to soothe them. Well as they grow that doesn’t change, they just become more clear in their vocalization of what they want you to do. Recently my two-year-old has taken to criticizing my driving and yells, “mommy slow down,” if I go over 35 mph. I didn’t know someone so young could already start backseat driving.