Friday, October 23, 2009

Stop! Don't! Don't Stop!

We'll little man has hit the 2 year old stage full force.  I keep telling hubby that 1 at age 2  is better than 2 at age 2, but I'm beginning to wonder myself.

All children hit age 2 and want to be independent and do everything themselves, but they are fighting all the boundaries that we put in place to keep them safe - hence the temper tantrums.  Twins are no different, except...

Well,  twins learn early on they have to share (or fight it out), they learn they are not individually the center of attention from birth and so acknowledge that the world around them only sometimes revolves around them.  I was lucky enough to stay at home with the twins for 3 1/2 years (before I craved adult conversation so bad I went back to work).  They were my world, but they knew they weren't the world.

Five years after they were born, Bradley entered our world.  He was (is) the center of the universe.  Just ask him.

The twins have doted on him, due to the economy he stays at home with Daddy all day, and is the center of Daddy's world.  I come in juggling and try to spend individual time with all of them, but little man expects time of his own.  All of these things together have made him very outspoken about "his world."  If he is busy and anyone tries to talk around him, he gets angry at the distraction from his world and says yells "STOP!"  (on a good day he says hush).  Try to talk around him, and he yells louder. 

This happens in the car, while he's watching his movie, and even at the dinner table when we are trying to learn about the twins day at school.

We are working to teach him that the world doesn't actually revolve around him, but have you tried to explain that to a 2 yr old?  So here is my theory - just teach him a new word.  I am working on "don't"  then he can yell DON'T! STOP!  DON'T STOP! and we'll all be able to carry on with our conversation.

If you want to learn to argue with a brick wall, practice on a 2 year first. ~ me


  1. Yes, the lovely twos. It's been awhile since I've had one, but the memories still linger!

    They eventually grow up and become teens. Ugh!

    Stopping by from SITS to say hello!

  2. LOL! Good luck with that one!

  3. Alex is entering this stage and so (weirdly) is Amelia (at 9 months). I'm kind of losing my mind.

    HALP ME.

  4. I like your approach! Much better than banging one's head against the nearest solid I did when my oldest went through the two yr. old thing.

  5. I've never heard logic + 2 year old in the same sentence - as kys wrote, good luck with that.

  6. thank goodness my baby girl just has the squealing tantrums - no words to go with them yet :) thanks for my award! sorry i am so late picking it up!

  7. I think its wonderful that you try your hardest to give them all individual attention. I love that quote you coined at the bottom too - I can't wait for that stage (sarcasm).

    Please come visit my blog Laugh Until You Cry - I gave you an award!

  8. ROFLMAO!! Don't stop would be PRICELESS!! Tell me when you do....then I can teach my kids! My oldest...poor boy....he is the odd man out I feel. The twins can be overwhelming since they are at that center of the universe stage. ICK!

    I wub joo!! Have a fabulous week my bloggy friend!

  9. I am NOT I repeat NOT taking on anyone elses 2 year olds unless there is lots of bribes involved ;)

    My sympathy goes out to Aunt Becky and Speaking. The rest of you just wait - except JAM who has been there done that.


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