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Monday, May 20, 2013

Parenting Failure

Man, oh man, have we felt like failures lately in the parenting department. I get that 2.5 is a rough age, but it's like we have absolutely no control over our child these days. 

He rarely listens to us anymore, especially in public. Getting him to do anything that isn't his idea is like torture (for him and us). Things that used to be relatively simple - like dinner time - are now a battle of wills. He'll ask for one thing to eat, we'll make it for him, and then he doesn't want it and wants something else instead.

He has absolutely no interest in potty training, which is starting to get frustrating. He will sit on the potty, but only for a few seconds before bolting saying "you can't catch me! you can't catch me!". Cute the first 30 times, but not so much anymore. We're not pushing it on him. We just offer the potty to him a few times a day, but we're not making any progress.We might have to use the cold turkey method later this summer if it continues like this.

I know all of this is probably normal, but man, this age is definitely the hardest so far. I mean, we actually have to parent...can you imagine? We know the key is consistency, but sometimes it's tough to decide which battles are worth fighting and which are just better to let go. 

Thankfully, there are a lot of fun moments in between all the chaos and destruction. He makes us laugh every day, and we love how energetic, curious, and loving he is.