Friday, April 16, 2010

Typical Toddler Behaviors

String Bean has been exerting her independence lately, which I'm told (and I read) is typical behavior of a two-year old. Here are some examples:

  • No longer am I allowed to button her jacket.
  • Nor unbutton it.
  • Shoes are apparently up to the wearer to pick and put on.
  • And take off.
  • If I give String Bean two choices of dresses to wear, she will chose neither. It is as if she is saying, "I need options, Mom!" (I had my best success when I laid 9 dresses on her bed and sent her into her room alone to pick out one.)
  • When told, "You are wearing your monkey pajama pants," a toddler remembers that she has 2 pairs of monkey pajama pants. No matter which one I pull out, it would be the wrong one. Tears follow.
  • Although coloring is a favorite activity, if it is my idea, String Bean isn't interested...until 15 minutes later.
  • Leaving the house has become a chore. "I need this," is the common cry I hear as String Bean goes around the house picking up random objects and toys to take along on the quick run to pick up the babysitter.
  • Don't get me started on accessories.


Nicki said...

I just found this blog today, so I'm just taking a random guess... Stringbean is two, right? Almost three? I am guessing this because your description of her could also totally describe Pufferfish!

Mandie said...

She's 2 1/2, Nicki! Good guess!