"Shut up!"I don't remeber being a two-year old, but I remember being told of my antics. The terrible two's as we delightfully refer to this time in a toddlers life, is upon us here in the Head household.
Darling Jackson, my golden child, the fruit of my loins, my reason for being...God Bless him. He's not too bad for a terrible two-er, but sometimes I know his brain has fallen out of his head through his ear. I'd hate to step on it and not be able to get it back into his little melon, but sometimes I'm tempted.
Being in Nursery school has helped ease some of these little tamtrums, and the exposure to other little terrible two-ers is great, but the things he learns sometimes and brings home amaze me. He bangs on walls when he doesn't get his way, shouting "NO!" at the top of his little lungs...he get's upset when he doesn't get his way, (hey I'm 38 and I get upset when I don't get my way, so who can blame him?) but to have to deal with this is a study in patience, which I know, but when the shit hits the fan and he's pissed and being his little alpha-male self, it's amusing.
I'm bringing Jackson out of our bedroom the other day, and as he's punching another wall and ranting his usual set of "no's" upon me, all of the sudden I hear it..."shut up!" I thought my brain had exploded in my head for a second because I temporarily went blind, deaf and dumb for about oh, 30 seconds or so. So this is where we've ended up...."shut up."
Ken and I use shut up as a joke term mostly, as in ,"no, shut up, really?" or as in "shut the heck up...are you kidding me?" but we don't tell one another to shut up, and we definetly don't tell our son to shut up! "Be quiet" is the term we use when we're looking for silence, but to hear "shut up" come out of our son's mouth...man, I tell you it's lucky Ken wasn't around to hear this or Jack would have been rendered a mute permanently...tongue gone and all!
People, toddlers are a test of our patience. I know this is repetative, but true. My son still lives to see more days, I got over the whole "shut up" thing without any violence ensuing, and our son treads carefully now during tantrums....
"Shut up" indeed....