This week has been filled with so much angst and emotion about the most random things. For example, over the weekend I was mopping the floor when S came back from The Little Gym with his dad. Soren immediately started crying/screaming that he didn't want me cleaning, especially near the train table. Sheesh, it's not like I really wanted to be doing that either kiddo. And yesterday, he angrily told me he didn't want me doing the dishes!
Mr. Sourpuss, angry at the camera and at my kisses.He goes off on just about everything, not wanting to eat his pasta, then wanting to eat it, anger at Chris for making coffee, and earlier this morning he was angry that the snow pile outside had shunk (it hadn't) and that he didn't like the window he was looking out of. It was hard for Chris and I to keep our snickering secret.
To top it off, his complaints are usually voiced in that whiny, annoying voice that so grates on a parent's nerves. It's been so hard keeping cool in these situations, and dealing with it mindfully rather than just reacting, which often means angrily on my part.
My guess is that this is yet another phase, one that expresses independence and frustration, especially since children often have so little control and autonomy in their lives. I try my hardest to keep my emotions under control, but it's been a long, long, long winter, and it's not even over! Add to the fact that I'm pregnant and emotional and tired already, and you can understand why my patience would be extra thin.
I considered myself lucky all year, having skirted around the terrible twos, however I'm eating my luck this week. How did you (or do you) deal with your kids through this phase? Is ignoring the behavior best, or do you just give extra hugs and kisses?