testing twos: not that terrible after all!

Lil J is well into his 2's now - he'll be 2 1/2 on Christmas Eve - and I'm still waiting for the 'terrible twos' to show up.  So far, so good!  He does have his moments where sometimes I just want to lock myself in a closet and scream at the top of my lungs {okay that might be exaggerating}, but when I sit back and take a look at the situation, it's more or less just me and him both getting frustrated.  Me because he's not listening and him because he doesn't understand what I'm saying or is trying to say something else that I'm not understanding.

Communication can be a touchy subject to a kid that is trying to learn to speak, trying to learn to express himself properly.  For me, I try to take a deep breath in and remind myself that Lil J probably doesn't fully understand the consequences of certain situations.  I try to carefully explain things {in hopes that he understands me} or let him learn by example.

While Lil J may not be in his 'terrible twos', he is definitely in his 'testing twos' - hence the name of this blog series.  Every little thing he does, I feel like he does it to test me.  My only problem is being consistent.  After coming home from a long day at work, I'm often tired and have no more energy to do anything - except I come home and try to do everything.  Sometimes I give into Lil J's whining {I know I really shouldn't!} but most times I'm stern with him in a good way {hopefully!}.  He gets it.  He's definitely smarter than he looks.

And while Lil J does like to torment me, he makes it up by making me laugh 100 times over.  For example:

Lil J and his 4 eyes :)

'I'm too funny'
I love this kid too much.


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