Tuesday, January 15, 2008

enter the two's

Now that Brynna is officially in her third year of life, we're starting to see the first incling of the terrible two's. She's a great kid overall, usually listens to us and does as we ask but under the surface you can tell that there is a screaming, writhing, gibberish speaking demon under there just waiting to burst free. She's also not above manipulation and her negotiation skills are pretty darn impressive for her age. She has figured out it is in her best interest to make every request seem like she is doing it for us. For example: "I'll watch Mickey while you cook dinner?" or sweetening it up with "I love you mommy. Can I watch Mickey?". Of course, all of this is in the sweetest gum drop voice she can muster.

The attempted manipulation we can tolerate, find cute even, but it's the onset of bold face lying that has us stunned. For example, as she's slamming the computer keyboard (while we watch) she'll say the whole time "I'm not doing anything, I'm not doing anything." Infuriating. The good thing is that we know when she's up to no good because she now announces that she is not doing anything when she is being naughty so we can nip it in the bud. I assume she'll eventually catch on.

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