Do you have a difficult child?
If you're not quite sure what I mean, you probably don't have one.
A difficult child...
- delights in annoying their sibling/s
- prefers to say 'no' when asked to do anything
- won't dress themself
- won't do anything for themself because they're too sore, too tired, too thirsty...
- whinges A LOT
- asks a million questions a day, usually the same ones on repeat
- wants you to play with them constantly
- pesters you mercilessly
- doesn't like to lose
- has to make up all the rules
- has tantrums than can last up to 2 hours, fall asleep crying/screaming, then wake only to continue the tantrum
- won't play nicely with their sibling/s
- doesn't like to share
- doesn't willingly allow their sibling/s access to their bedroom
- cry/whinge/whine until you do whatever it is they want you to do
That's all that I can think of for now, but I'm sure there's more.
I remember as a child my mother often saying to me, "I hope you get a little girl just like you when you grow up." Well, Mum, I got a little boy, just like me. Close enough?
My difficult child starts school next week. And as hard as it will be for me to let go that little bit, to have change in our lives, I know he needs it and is so ready. He needs more activity, more social contact, more stimulation.
Are all children 'difficult' children? Is he normal? I don't know, but I do know my second child is nowhere near as difficult. Although my difficult child didn't really become difficult until he turned three...she is still only two...not counting any chickens just yet.
Does everyone get a difficult child? Or are they just reserved for the lucky ones? Or those of us that were a difficult child ourselves?
Oh, by the way, I love my difficult child to bits. He is not difficult ALL the time and I wouldn't have him any other way.