Not all children have tantrums and behave in ways that can make even the calmest of mums (and dads) question their own parenting skills and sanity.
My first son is cautious, calm and easy to discipline as he rarely does anything wrong. My middle son has had his moments, one particular time he decided it would be a good idea to lay down in the middle of the shopping center yelling for me to pick him up. Very loudly I might add while kicking his shoes off narrowly missing peoples heads.
I must have had a really good strong coffee that day as it didn’t faze me one bit. I calmly walked away with his brothers and after a while he sheepishly got up and followed us.
Win, win to me.
Then you get that one child who people often make references to on a daily basis.
“Oh, he must keep you busy”
“He’s full of energy isn't he?
“You must be very fit running around after him all day”
It’s a nice way of saying that child’s a wild one.
The thing with two year olds, they aren't designed to sit still at the Doctors or walk calmly to and from school pick-ups. They want to run everywhere while touching everything they pass. Opening doors, running up ramps, throwing stones, running sticks along fences, throwing off their hats and shoes (normally when walking across the zebra crossing).
I for one love the energy a two year old brings to the family. I think I've decided to embrace the mini, mental, inquisitive, loud, funny, stubborn, headstrong toddler for what he is. It’s made things a lot easier now that I'm not trying to make him act like his older brothers and let him simply be a two year old.
Enjoy the fun times and if that doesn't work there’s always wine. :)
And remember it only lasts a year then you get to the fantastic threes.
Good luck :)
About the author - Lorna Marquet is the owner and director of GummyBabies.com.au and has 3 boys 7,5 and 2