Like any other 2 1/2-year-olds, Lilly can throw temper tantrums with the best of them. Lately, however, it seems that our toddler has tapped into her inner Dr. Phil.
This morning while I stood at the stove whipping up scrambled eggs and cheese, Lilly, sitting at the kitchen table, decided that she needed to share her feelings with me.
Lilly: “Mommy I would like to watch Lion King.”
Mommy: “I’m really sorry honey, but we have to go soon so we can watch any TV this morning.”
I have tried the whole morning cartoon thing…let’s just say it didn’t work out well for anyone. No one was happy by the time we finally got in the car.
Lilly: “But mommy, I really want to watch Lion King.”
Mommy: “No sweetie.”
Mommy: “I really appreciate your manners Lily, but the answer is still no sweetie. I’m sorry.”
Looking defeated, she put her head down on the table and looked longingly at the window with a heavy sigh. A few moments later I placed her bowl of eggs in front of her and told her it was time to eat. She didn’t move, just let out another heavy sign. Drama queen.
And just like that I see so much of myself in a kid who looks just like her father.
Lilly: “Mommy, you made me feel sad.”
Clearly my toddler has been watching daytime talk shows.
Mommy: “I’m very sorry that you feel sad Lilly, what did I do?”
Lilly: “Um, I wanted to watch Lion King and you said no and that made me sad mommy.”
Mommy: “Oh I see. Well I understand why you feel sad sweetie, but sometimes mommy has to say no. Okay?”
Lilly: (thinking about that for a moment) “Okay.”
Within minutes she was over it, happily polishing off the last of the scrambled eggs, and then mooching some of mine.
Ideally speaking, it would be great if all humans could emotionally rebound as quickly as a toddler!
*Read more of my little musings with my monkey with the rest of my Talking With My Toddler posts.