And the answer is...PRETTY TERRIBLE!
OH man...I know, I'm supposed to be older and wiser- but, no...I don't think I am this time.
He's pretty smart and tricky to be perfectly honest. Sometimes his "wise-ass" demeanor will either make you more angry, or it will simply cause you to choke back your laughter- either way-- its a lose-lose situation for the parent.
Connor is pushing his chair around the kitchen. Mommy says "Connor, please stop"... Connor continues. Mommy says "CONNOR, stop pushing your chair"...Connor looks at Mom, continues. Mommy says, "CONNOR, NO!"...Connor looks at Mom, smiles, continues....
Daddy asks Connor to get off of the arm of the couch. Connor refuses. Daddy asks Connor again...Connor halfway slides body off arm of couch... Daddy asks AGAIN...Connor slides self down but kicks leg in Daddy's general direction as if to kick him...then when on floor "stomps foot" an inch from Daddy's hand as if intending to stomp on Daddy... Connor ever so slightly pushes foot on Daddy's hand and applies pressure slowly...looks at Daddy, opens his arms wide and hugs Daddy before he can get in trouble.
Paige is playing with Connor's toy. He does NOT like this. He tries to take it away, she pulls it back. He shoves her, she gets back up! He pushes her harder...she cries for a second, gets back up...so...he Shoves her down, head butts her with just enough force to make her "know who's boss" and runs away with toy..."
SYMPTOMS OF TERRIBLE TWOS:
- Refusal to cooperate with any request – CHECK!
- Contradictory behavior –CHECK!
- Alliance forming – if someone is mad at him, he’ll go to another person. For instance, if he senses I am angry with him, he’ll go to Daddy.-CHECK!
- Throwing tantrums whenever he fails to get his way –CHECK!
- Hitting, throwing, "aggressive" behavior- CHECK!
My dear little boy spends a LOT of time in time out...
and...he hasn't even officially turned 2 yet...Sheesh!