The terrible twos. I try not to use that term but sometimes it feels so very true. As the parent of a temperamental two year old it’s easy to let his tantrums ruin my mood or even worse my day. Last week he was on a nap protest and then over the weekend he mastered climbing out of his crib which further inhibited nap time. And of course multiple days of no nap resulted in a cranky child and painfully long days for mom.
All that being said I have learned that if I try to master the situation I usually end up getting even more frustrated and exhausted. It’s hard for me to sit back and roll with the punches. I’m a planner. I like to know where I’m going, how I’ll get there, what I will be doing and when I’ll be leaving. So having Jude in my life has been one heck of a stretching experience for me.
I’m coming to realize that parenting is filled with trial and error. What works for someone else and their kid may be a horrible plan for us. Or what works for us this week may be a complete failure next week. Ultimately, if I love Jude and try my hardest to meet his growing and changing needs each day I think he’ll turn out OK. And I may even retain some of my sanity.