“What are you doing?”
“Where are you?”
“Please don’t touch that”
“Please come out from there”
“Please don’t slam the doors”
“Why are you hurting him?”
All of the above spurt out of my mouth pretty much daily. Oh, let’s be honest here, most of them are said multiple times a day.
Three year olds are hard. At least mine is, and I think his behaviour is relatively normal. Unfortunately I just don’t know how to deal with it.
I don’t know if it’s the postnatal depression, the lack of sleep, or if it’s just me in general but I’m not handling it well. I really don’t know how to answer all the ‘why’ questions.
“Why can’t we drive faster?”
“Why is too much sugar not good mummy?”
“Why do you have to clean up?”
“Why does daddy have to go to work again?”
“Why can’t we eat marshmallows for breakfast?”
It is constant. And I know that it is amazing because he is an inquisitive little guy eager to soak up everything he can, but it can get seriously irritating. Or I am just irritable? Both?
Is it normal to get irritated by this? Do other parents eventually run out of patience and want to hide in their rooms and pretend they are in their pre-child lives, spending the whole day in bed watching Friends re-runs, eating junk and drinking more than they should?
Surely it isn’t just me.
So how do I get more patience? Is it a mind over matter type deal? Do I need to believe it is so, and it will be so? Is it even possible?
I’m not sure, but I know I have to try. I suppose I need to keep reminding myself that his behaviour is normal. That he is learning. That he needs me to teach him.
And you know what? Maybe sometimes we will have marshmallows for breakfast! That’s one less ‘why’ I’d have to worry about.