|When toddler talk back, they use your own words to do it.
Just two weeks ago, I wrote about how our toddler daughter has been picking up our bad behaviour. At 2 and a half years old, she is at the prime age to start being a little sponge.
I have a very helpful toddler. She’s in that wonderful stage where little ones aim for approval and want to assist you with everything. Normally, when I ask her each night to put away her boots and hand me her coat, this is what I see.
|So helpful & cute. Going to hold onto this image as long as I can.
Well apparently last night my beautiful helpful toddler temporarily morphed into a 15 year old who talks back.
Mommy: “Ok Lilly, please put your boots and coat away.“
Lilly: (big sigh) “Oh mom! My boots too heavy for me.“
Mommy: “Nice try. You manage to put them away every other night.“
Grudgingly, she picks up her boots & carries them to the closet as if they weigh 10 lbs each. Then promptly tries to make a break for it.
Mommy: “Hand me your coat please, honey. Then you can go off and play.“
Lilly: (much bigger sigh) “Ugh, come on Mom. You driving me crazy!“
I swear I have no idea where she heard that phrase. No. Idea.
I laughed. I know that’s likely not the best response when parenting a toddler who is testing limits, but I just couldn’t help it.
She grabs her coat and I reach for a hanger.
Lilly: “Here….here…here Mama!“
Clearly I’m not moving fast enough for my impatient toddler-teenager.
|This is her “You driving me crazy Mom” face.
Ideally speaking, this was just a rare one off and I won’t see this much attitude again until she’s in high school…right??
*Read more of my little musings with my monkey with the rest of my Talking With My Toddler posts.