On the Subject of Two-Year-Olds, Part 1

| October 10, 2013 | 2 Comments

I’ve learned so much about two-year-olds in the past six months of living with one and being around others. They’re such neat people (“neat” as in “interesting”, not as in “tidy”. Bwahahaha!… no no, not tidy…).

Their feelings are so genuine, and they don’t do things halfway. They’re funny, smart, observant (too observant), extremely lovable and lots of fun… even on those days when you find yourself saying, “That’s it! I’ve had it. I’m outta here. I’m going to Italy to Eat, Pray, Love.”

I have made a few observations, which I’ll share with you in this series entitled,

“On the Subject of Two-Year-Olds”.

1. Misconceptions: You might mistakenly think a two-year-old is “shy”…

… but sometimes you just have to give them five minutes.

Give him a chance to get acquainted, and he’ll talk the hind legs off a mule. Just like his Mama.

It’s not just our family, though. We hosted some little buddies for his second birthday back in the winter, and most of them went through the standard hide-behind-the-legs ritual during greetings. Lots of  sing-songy “Say ‘hello’ to so-and-so”s from parents, but few actual ‘hello’s to be had. Two minutes later, they’re strutting around like they owned the place, eating crackers and telling their life story.

They’re not necessarily shy. They just need a chance to warm up, that’s all (I, too, can be reserved until I get to know people well. I just don’t hide behind anyone’s legs).

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Category: Babies and Toddlers, Family

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Brenda A says:

    Two IS a great age. Enjoy it, because I always found three WAY more challenging!

  2. nicolthepickle says:

    Awww, I loved this post. I have a brand new 2 year old and yes, that is her. Neat, but definitely now tidy.

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