Friday, January 05, 2007

The frustrations of parenting a toddler...

I feel thoroughly unappreciated. Last night I cooked my son a nice dinner, with potatoes, mushrooms, etc… He didn’t even touch it. No way… Wouldn’t even try it… Screaming his most determined “no” ever… In fact, all we succeeded to fill him with were a few turkey cold cuts. So, honestly, what’s the point of trying?

You know, I heard a lot about “the terrible twos”. I thought I have another three months of peace. But it seems that he’s ahead of schedule. All of a sudden I feel like I’m constantly trying to avert a disaster. He climbs everything, screams, demands… (No, not all the time, but more so that he used to). How long do those “twos” last? Cause I’m about to loose my mind. Adding to that the fact that at almost 8 months pregnant and I am more penguin-like in agility than human, chasing this ball of energy is anything but easy. (Oh God, what am I gonna do with two of them???)

There is only one meal he doesn’t fight. The “military pasta”. Why is that? I have no clue. I make it for him again, and again. But I feel this nagging guilt that my kid is not getting adequate nutrition. That I would love to give him all those healthy vegetables. And not feel like I’m auditioning for one of those horrible parenting shows. Luckily he likes apples. And as they say: an apple a day… may keep you from a reality show…

And as I write all this down and get all wired up about it, the kid goes and does something wonderful. Like putting his laundry in the washing machine. I’m not kidding. I took the hamper to the laundry room, opened the machine and he put all his clothes inside. After which he took the hamper back to his room. And then brought me the book I was reading and forgot on the couch.

And now I’m thinking -- I’m such a good parent…

Children… they really make you question your sanity…

Posted by vasilisa @ 10:56 p.m.

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Yep, kids are weird and very different. My oldest went through the terrible 2's, 3's, and 4's. My son went through the terrible 3's for 1 month, went away for about 6-7 months, now it appears to be back again. Our 16-mth old has bad meltdowns when it's time to tuck her in.

Posted by Anonymous Daddy Forever @ 3:53 a.m. #

Oh dear!! Tell me about it!!Thank the Lord my kids grown out of it all and getting out of my hair in few yrs!!:D:D
It doesn't end at 2 Lisa.Even now my kids whine sometimes but eat it anyway (specially Indian food)bcos they know they get grounded if they make too much noise!:)
We never are appreciated indeed!All they think is "you are home all day,it's easy for you!" I say 'Oh yeah! wanna to trade places for a week!'
Don't take it personally,give him peanut butter sandwich and he will be happy!He will come around someday hopefully to enjoy your's!:)

Posted by Blogger Asha @ 10:17 a.m. #

It's a roller coaster, isn't it? Kids can take you from the edge of sanity to a mountaintop of pride in the span of two minutes.

Posted by Anonymous Leslie @ 1:41 p.m. #

I have recorded every single episode of Supernanny to use as reference in future. I saw how the toddlers on TV refuse to eat their meals or make a mess out of it and frankly, I get a bit scared.

Posted by Anonymous simcooks @ 2:00 p.m. #

I don't understand kids.Period.Though I try each day....and I Pray... Maybe it will get better. Hang in there...

Hope you're feeling better otherwise.


Posted by Blogger Trupti @ 12:46 p.m. #
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I'm a 29 year old mom of two! A toddler (kiddo one) and a new baby (kiddo junior). I am also the most horrible (as in I barely ever do it) cook that I have met in my life. This blog is a diary of my attempts to feed my hungry growing family

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