The years with your children may be short, but the days and nights are long. Toddlerhood is a challenging stage. My daughter has the newfound ability to express her wants, needs and excessively irrational, endless, countless, infinite demands with words, yet lacks the decency to keep it to herself. When she cried as a baby, her simple needs of being hungry, tired or wanting a cuddle were easy to satisfy. Now, every opinion my daughter has gets shared. Rather than the dictatorship of her first year, we are now in a constant state of negotiation while she pushes for democracy, which is exhausting for the sole decider. I am still the one who ultimately rules the land; I just have a lot of input from my citizen.
Frustrations aside, I love hearing what goes on in my daughter's mind. Getting to know her as a communicator has given me insight into the person she is becoming. For example, until she could talk and say, "Mamma, no. Please don't sing," I never knew she was such a musical snob.
The logic of this age is often backwards and absurd, but can also be poetic and highly imaginative. There are moment's when my daughters justification for her obnoxious actions are infuriating, and other times when her reasoning is so profound, I am temporarily convinced she is a miniature Buddha. I have learned a lot about the secrets to life, love and true happiness from my child. Here are my favorite lessons.
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