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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Who knew that a 2 year-old could be "sassy?"

My hubby and I are exceptionally tired today, we went to a small town festival last night with my parents and my brother and his family...nothing like loading your grandchildren up with cotton candy at needless to say, our jelly-bean went to bed at 10:30pm and got up at the crack of dawn...YAWN!

I am beginning to understand the more tired your child is, the more sassy they can be, or maybe it is that I am just more irritable?

My daughter was just looking to get into everything today. She would look at me and say "Mama, ok?" while she tilted her cute little head, raised her eyebrows, grinned that sweet grin and nodded yes before getting into something, but as I would snap out of my sleepy daze and say "No, that is not a safe choice." (Words from daycare) she would break-down into tears. And so we would redirect her to something else.

Her daycare teachers have provided us with many good words, "I can't understand you when you whine, please use your words." or "No thank you!" And they have even taught my daughter some too, "My turn." "No, stop." and "Walk away."

Who knew that day would come when those words would come back to haunt us!?

Our little dare-devil thought it would be funny to get up on her toy table today, and when we said, "No thank you, that is not a safe choice...feet on the floor." She turned to me and said, "No, Mama you stop! Walk away!" "Walk away Mama!" I didn't know whether to crack up laughing or break-down and cry. I seemingly chose the straight face, but where did the sass come from? Who knew a 25 month old could be sassy, and why didn't I get the memo? Does she understand what she is doing? I simply said "I don't like your tone, you do not ask Mama to walk away." and after I got more sass, I put her into a time-out.

How have you dealt with this type of situation?


Jill said...

Me! Me!!!!! For the record, I just wanted to say that ****I**** knew that 25 month olds could be ALL sass!!!!! In fact, I always say that my daughter has been a teenager since she was two. :-)/:-(

"I am beginning to understand the more tired your child is, the more sassy they can be, or maybe it is that I am just more irritable?"

It's six of one, half a dozen of the other I think. They definitely FEED off your moods, and then you have less patience to cope with the resulting behavior...but being tired and/or hungry always magnifies poor behavior too.

Bastet said...

I believe she is a 2 year old going on 16! I have to admit, it is pretty funny -- now.

They are little sponges, taking in your mood, actions and words.