Parenting a Toddler

Wednesday, 8 September 2010, 16:01 | Category : Birthday, Milestones, Parenting
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2nd birthday invitation design, train with animals

2nd birthday invitation design, train with animals

We are planning for the 2nd birthday party!  I designed his birthday card again this year which I’m excited about.  Soon he’ll want to do his own thing so I’m taking advantage of doing non-Disney themes as long as I can! 

Each birthday I reflect on what kind of parent I am and how I did the past year.  How does one parent a sensitive two-year old who isn’t afraid of thunder but worries about the dogs outside?  A child that is quick to react to the moods of his parents? A child that will only relax when both parents are sitting down relaxing? Are all 2-year olds this sensitive?  He is testing his independance by saying “No” to everything, even when he means yes.  At least this tells me he is whithin normal parameters.

Aden isn’t quite two yet but at the end of this month he will be!  Even though he is getting testy, I still believe he is more even-tempered than most little boys I’ve known!

Things I love about the almost 2-year old Aden:  He is gentle with his toys!  He gives great hugs!  He tells me something new everyday, like there are clouds and planes in the sky!  He is gentle and sweet and sensitive.  He is very much like his father.  He has learned our fear of bugs and snakes, which we have tons of, so the reinforcement will be with him for a lifetime.

I’m glad he isn’t one of those children that no matter what you do, it doesn’t phase him, but at the same time, everything we do affects him.  He doesn’t like change and is upset when we are not both around.  But when we are both around, he is the happiest little boy in the world!

I worry about how sensitive he is.  I worry I won’t be sensitive to his needs. I worry I won’t be a good parent to him.  I worry we won’t be able to keep up with his smart little brain.  He has all his books memorized and we can’t seem to get to the library fast enough!

This next year we hope to broaden Aden’s mind, get him potty-trained and concentrate on being a happy family.  Simple goals they sound like, but sometimes I have to remind myself to smile and laugh with Aden around otherwise he doesn’t laugh.   Here’s to the child without to remind me of the child within!

~Life as Mom


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