Over the last couple months, I’ve come to an equally comforting and terrifying conclusion.
There isn’t anything really wrong with Kendall, our perpetually stubborn, defiant, spirited first born. I know this because his little sister, nearly 4, once known as our “little angel” is now just as suborn and defiant, but with MOAR WHINES.
Or, it’s possible, that there is something wrong with ALL OF THEM, I make a special breed of children who are immune to positive reinforcement, timeouts, and even threats. Maybe I come from the bloodline in this world that creates every little tiny jerk who ruins dinners out, and runs through grocery stores, and throws themselves on the floor in public places.
Oh, I know what some of you are thinking. Clearly, the problem is ME, US, and that is also entirely possible. I’m definitely at the point of accepting that.
In fact, accepting that takes me back to feeling comforted by the fact that there’s not anything really wrong with our first born.
No. But really. For years we wondered just WHAT was so wrong with him that he was just SO strong willed and SO energetic and SO never listening to us.
Our precious first baby really knocked us on our asses off of that very high, judgey horse we rode into parenthood on. The second born was supposed to be easier.
She is, in fact, turning out to be… how do I put this without making people think I am actually the worst mother ever? She makes me want to rip my ears out most days.
Oh, of course, I still adore her, and still allow her to snuggle me by tangling her hands in my hair half the day. But I’m just saying I could use some ear plugs right now.
The whining is INTENSE.
Because we would not stop mid-Chicken Dance to get her a cupcake.
Meanwhile, Kendall, the first born, is shockingly becoming, like, a really tolerable little person. He is still a LITTLE person, so there is still a lot of little person things happening with him, like testing boundaries and singing about poop at every meal, but definitely tolerable and even pleasant for a greater percentage of the day.
Look at him just quietly doing homework!
So all that is to say… yay? Yes, I think yay. And also wine for the whines. And also, screw 3 and a half.
And finally, the Terrible Twos continues to be the biggest lie sold to parents in the history of ever.