So I got my 22 month old e-mail update from Baby Centre and the first sentence reads "Strong opinions and rigidity are hallmarks of toddlerhood." Like no kidding! He quite firmly tells us "No mummy" or "No Daddy", "é mio!" (It's mine) pretty much all the time. Not only is it all his, he wants to do everything by and for himself.
I've been told to choose my battles when it comes to reasoning with your child but damn I did not realise I had to start when he was so young. You think that self-determination and confidence is a good thing. It is but it is also admittedly a bit frustrating having to watch it play out. Come on mummies and daddies, you know what I mean. They are busy playing with their toys but they don't do it properly. The torn books, the stickers stuck upside down, the paint that goes everywhere except on the paper.
Sometimes the wee man gets frustrated when it is not working out properly, so you try to help, HA! it was better to just leave him to it. The wee man has always been a bit of a character but boy has it grown!