Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Joy of Parenting

There are days that I love having kidlets and days where I...well...don't. Yesterday was one of those days. It wasn't a particularly bad day, just an irritating day. At three years old Monkey Boy has achieved the omniscience of God-the kid thinks he knows everything.

"Who are you talking to, mom?"


"No you not."

Kid, mom knows who she is talking on the phone with better than you do.


"Mom, where is sister?"

"She's taking a nap."

"No, she not."


"Mom, is the sun going to bed?" (It's 7:30 and the sun is going down)


"No it's not."

Ok, fine. Technically its not. Whatever, you're three.

Really, I don't know why I find this so irritating. Maybe because I am closer to a three year old in maturity than a 27 year old. I am constantly amazed at how quickly Aaron and I can get drawn into an argument with this pint sized know it all. Now I just ignore him past the "no it's not" but I am irritated nonetheless.

My irritation grew as we cleaned his room and I found several broken toys and ripped books among his stuff. There is really no greater crime against kid stuff than ripping up a book in my opinion, and Monkey knows this. I nursed the books that could be saved back to health and mourned the loss of the ones that had to be thrown out. After I did this I looked up to see my kid shoving matchbox cars through a little hole in the wall of his closet (it is on the huge list of things to fix around here).

Like I said joy of parenting.
(don't you love how much he hates being on my lap in that pic above? and notice he tatooed himself with a green marker)


faithsalutes said...

I was with my niece this weekend who is 1.5 and I heard, "No" and "Icky" classic.

I think the green marker is a sign he is maturing...what kid doesn't draw on himself with marker?

No, he not.

Sonya said...

That's where "You might like to think that." comes in handy. Don't get drawn in, believe me, when they are teenagers, the whole thing begins again and there is really no arguing with them. Love the green eyebrows. As I type, my youngest is emptying the fridge. Need to fix that. Tape anyone? For the fridge, not him. Thought that would solve... no.

amanda bel said...

Oh yeah, fun stuff. Max drew all over the house with permanent red marker a few weeks ago. And, I think he's trying to win the "Thug of the Year" award at preschool.

Eren said...

Oh Joy! Mine are 4, 4, and 2. I have two that are past that stage and one that is just entering it. And I am cringing. Hope tomorrow is a better day.

Allison said...

I have a 3 year old as well. Mine likes to flop down onto the floor and flail around screaming as a response to her asking for juice and me giving it to her....umm, sorry, but what is the screaming and crying just got your juice after you asked for it. Am I missing something? She is actually coming out of that stage now, which is heavenly. She seems to be getting it thankfully.

allie from minneapolis

Vallen said...

I know you know htis but truly, you will miss these years.

LQ said...

I know exactly how you feel about the abused books. When I find them amongst my tot's belongings, I feel insulted! and sad, and irritated.

I hope tomorrow is better!

lilcottageshoppe said...

Ok, you have really freaked me look EXACTLY like my niece, Nicole...I mean EXACTLY! Except thats not her son! LOL...I thought I stumbled on her secret blog!

Sarah and Jack said...

Jack is really getting to be the same way and some days it drives me freaking CraZy!