Funny How Toddler Minds Work

It's fascinating and hilarious to watch Lauren put two and two together.

 Lauren will turn two in April, but she's already showing some signs of the "terrible twos" with seriously silly temper tantrums that come out of left field.  Somebody please tell me that if she's starting this before age two, can she finish it before age three?

 
Honestly, it's not that bad, and it does provide a glimpse into the way her young, but quickly developing brain works.  Yesterday was a prime example.  I had just redirected her from being really upset that her afternoon snack was going to come in a bowl (she prefers to hold the entire bag of Goldfish), she was admiring her sticker collection.  She came across some stickers she got at her friend's birthday party of the weekend.  This is what she said: "Sticker.  Birthday.  Cake!  Cake! Cake!" Then she started crying because there was no cake available (not that I would have given her any anyway).  
 
Any great stories of the funny connections your kids make?  And seriously, can anyone answer my aforementioned question about the terrible twos?  Fingers crossed....
 
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  • by Sylvia Location: Greenville on Jan 13, 2012 at 02:16 PM
    Well Heather, I have two grown sons and three grandchildren. When my oldest was two he used throw tantrums he would get down on the floor and kick his feet when he did not get his way. This is what I told him, If you cannot do any better than that I'm not going to listen to it. I would walk off and watch television and he would soon stop. When they figure out that they are not going to get what they want they will soon stop. If you ever give in, the tantrums will get worst, because they know you gave in before. They are very smart little ones. I have a 22 month old grand dauther who is now in the terrible two's and after raising my two sons I will say these are the best days of your life. Teenagers are a whole different ball game. Stay on your knees and ask God to protect her and keep her in his arms of protection.
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      by mom on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:32 PM in reply to Sylvia
      Been there, done that. Don't want to raise a high schooler again! Scary, scary days. But we lived to tell about it.
  • by Anthony Location: G'ville on Jan 13, 2012 at 07:23 AM
    My son, now 2 years 3 months, definitely started terrible 2's at about 18 months. It has gradually gotten better but not over by any means. His throws his tantrums but I usually just ignore him and he will chill when I don't "fall for it". The part about the goldfish made me laugh out loud because I had to go through the same thing. And everything he sees is HIS. Want him to be your friend, just show him your phone. Then it becomes his. When you ask for it back, "NO, my phone". Can't help but laugh.
  • by Kaysha Location: Hertford,Nc on Jan 11, 2012 at 07:12 AM
    My now 3.5 year old appeared to enter her terrible twos early. It does get better. But 3s are something all together. She can voice her opinions, repeat back things that you did know she realized. We just moved here, and I tried to explain about moving before we moved. I asked if she remembered looking at our new home, and she replied 'Yes, that's where I hurt my knee". Amazing, as it was nearly 3 weeks later;she had fallen outside in the backyard of our new home,and she remembered! She doesn't have anymore temper tantrums, but somehow, she has learned to ask Daddy when Mommy says no!
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      by Heather King on Jan 12, 2012 at 04:41 AM in reply to Kaysha
      Thanks for the input, Kaysha! I can't believe she already knows to ask dad when mom says no. These kids get smart fast!
  • by Lynn Location: Greenville on Jan 11, 2012 at 06:53 AM
    Aren't they simply amazing? I am the mom of 5 wonderful kids. ages 25, 24, 22, 19 and 14 months. Yep, I took 18 years off between kids :) When your precious little girl becomes an adult she will share stories of what she remembers from her earliest years. You will be ASTOUNDED at the little daily things that you don't think much of today that will stick out to her and she will remember with love and appreciation. As each phase passes, a new one emerges. They are all "my favorite age" in hindsight. It's fantastic that she knows the power she holds to make her own choices, even though they are small ones. Think of the fine example you have set for her....the little lady knows what she wants! Great job!
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      by Heather King on Jan 12, 2012 at 04:42 AM in reply to Lynn
      You have quite a motherhood story, Lynn! It must be wonderful to have a little one again after your first four grew up. What a gift!
  • by Michael Location: Ormondsville on Jan 11, 2012 at 05:37 AM
    As the father of 4 (3 being girls) and now having a teenager, I would say that the "terrible twos" aren't really that terrible!! ha Actually the only reason a child throws a "tantrum" is because they think they'll get their way or something out of it. In my experiences, if they didn't "win", the tantrums stopped. Doesn't mean they'll never have one, but they won't last as long or have as many!! Now, how do you deal with a 13 year old girl???? :)
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      by Heather King on Jan 11, 2012 at 06:06 AM in reply to Michael
      Good advice, Michael! Thanks! I got nothing on help for the 13 year olds.... Sounds like you're a great dad who will do great by his daughter!
  • by Jim on Jan 11, 2012 at 05:30 AM
    Yes, but you have to stay firm. If you tell her something, then you have to stick to it. Don't give in, even if you want to.
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      by Heather King on Jan 11, 2012 at 06:07 AM in reply to Jim
      I agree, Jim. It's hard sometimes, but there really is no option.
  • by Nikki Location: Greenville on Jan 11, 2012 at 04:49 AM
    When my son was about 2 1/2, he wouldn't eat eggs. So every day I told him he had to eat the egg that day because the egg's "brother" was in his stomach from the day before waiting for this "brother" to join him. He would therefore eat the egg. Then one day when I told him the story, he completely ignored me and said very matter of factly, "Humph, his brother is in the septic tank" and that was the last time he ate an egg. I don't know how he figured it out but it was so funny I burst out laughing.
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      by Heather King on Jan 11, 2012 at 05:26 AM in reply to Nikki
      Nikki, great story! I laughed out loud as well! Thanks for sharing.
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