I try to keep my blog(s) more positive, although sometimes I just feel like complaining, so here it goes.
Since becoming a mom (today we are going to focus on being the mom of a toddler) so many things have started rubbing me the wrong way about how people react to my toddler and his moods. So in no particular order below is a list of my stranger pet peeves:
1. "He's tired": Often times when running on empty trying to get everything done, my kid gets over worked or overscheduled, it's life, it happens to all of us. And when this happens we get cranky. It doesn't matter if you just woke up from a nap or had a full nights sleep (could you imagine?), you will still be cranky if you have too much going on. That being said: if I come into the store and he's whiny the last thing I need to hear from a complete stranger is "oh, he's tired." Actually, no. It's my fault, I have 3 hours before I have to get to work and 5 hours of things to do before I go. Stets is quite the trooper, being forced in and out of strollers and car seats, running errands, helping with laundry, walking the dog, getting the car fixed. He's overworked, and so am I, so don't assume just because he's whiny it has to be because he's tired, there's a long list of reasons why he's whiny and if you want to grab a chair I can rattle them off for you, or you can mind your own business.
2. Peek-a-boo: Don't get me wrong, I like when people are interested in interacting with my child. I do it to other kids too - if they are cute. But that doesn't mean you can just start playing peek-a-boo and expect him to play along. He's 2, he doesn't know you and he really doesn't care that you are insulted, as demonstrated by the frowny face and "umph" you give him when he shakes his head. Go ahead, try to play with him, if he's game, cool, distract him while we are on the train, I'll read my book. If he's not into it, LET. IT. GO. Don't keep trying to play, and please don't give him the reaction that you are upset with him, because that's annoying and he takes it literally, so grow up and grab your book too.
3. "He's shy": What is with people's insistance on defining why my child is acting the way he is? You don't know him, you have just laid eyes on him for the first time EVER and you are telling me his characteristics? Nope, sorry, he's not shy - you, my friend, are a STRANGER. He doesn't know you, he's not comfortable with you, he should not have to feel the need to "high five" you. If it were you and some stranger came up to you and got real close and shouted "high five" I think you would cover your face with your hands too. So next time when you approach a kid who isn't feeling like particpating with your fun hand gestures why don't you proclaim, "He's smart", because that's how I see it.
Does this kid look shy to you?:
4. "You want the blue one, don't you?": this is particullarly for someone who probably just provided us a service, either at a restaurant or play area, therefore I feel bad having this complaint because it's just an indivual assuming something about my child because he is a boy and boys naturally prefer blue, etc, still rubs me wrong. And, btw, he likes to wear princess outfits and really doesn't care what color balloon you give him, he's just gonna use it to bop people on the heads over and over. So thank you for offering and sorry for complaining.
5. ANYTHING handsy: 6 words - Get. Your. Hands. Off. My. Child. Enough said.
I'm sure there are more,these are just the ones that I have dealt with recently. Feel free to chime in if you have any annoying pet peeves you want to get off your chest, I would love to hear them.
I am going to make a valient effort to try and post more regularlly, I like to post so I can look back, but whenever I have the time I would rather be sleeping or doing something that doesn't require thinking.
Till next time.
Peace, love and applesauce pouches.
Brigid, Brad and Stetson