I will begin by saying that I refuse to believe in the terrible 2’s. Children are constantly changing and growing and entering new phases, and to classify the age of 2 as terrible just doesn’t settle well with me. That being said, yowza, my 2 years and 4 months old son is testing me like crazy. As all of you working moms are fully aware, our week days consist of a morning and an evening all together as a family.
During the mornings, I attempt to workout, shower, get dressed, pack lunches, eat breakfast AND get Don dressed, get Don fed, pack Don’s lunch and get us all out the door and on our way to day care in enough time to enter my work by 8:30-8:45 (my husband does help with some of this routine). In the evenings, I pick up Don from daycare, head home, clean the dishes, make dinner, play with Don, give Don a bath, read bed time books, and then relax in front of the tv while surfing the internet.
This schedule is pretty intense on it’s own, but when you add the fact that my son is in full fledged testing mode, it becomes chaos. It would be much easier to let Don get away with his bad behavior, because taking the time to speak with him, make him take the appropriate action/choice, and give him consequences takes time…time I can feel ticking away as I try to get him and I out the door or time I don’t want to waste having to discipline him when I only get to see him for a few hours in the evening.
But when all is said and done, I know that just like the others, this phase will pass. My son has taught me a lot about myself thus far, but this new stage has definitely taught me to let go. Once the behavior has happened and he’s been dealt a consequence, we move on. There isn’t enough time in the day to stay angry or be disappointed. Each day presents new challenges but also great pleasure.