As a 2-year-old toddler, my son is a lot of things. He's defiant and he's smart and he's cuddly and he's fearless and he's definitely inquisitive. There are so many moments during the day — from the time my son wakes up to the time he goes to bed — that remind me of not only who he's become in just two short years, but who he's becoming. Then, of course, there are the moments that make me realize toddlers are just emotional terrorists; toddlers just like my son. My kid can manipulate my feelings as if it's nothing, even though I know he's not doing it on purpose. I think he's just naturally great at pulling on the ole heart strings and having his way with my emotions.
For example, the other day my son was drinking his water and eating lunch. He's been told, repeatedly, not to spit his water out of his mouth. However, telling a toddler to do one thingonce is, you know, pointless. So, of course, he started spitting out his water. I was growing increasingly frustrated and told him that if he spit his water out one more time, I would be taking his water away. He looked at me, mouth full of water, grinned, and slowly spit his water out of his mouth; never breaking eye contact. He then walked over to me, and said, "I love you, mom," gave me a kiss, smiled and went back to the table to get another sip of water. I mean, what in the hell just happened?! How am I supposed to keep my bottom line when I have this adorable little human smiling at me and telling me he loves me? This, dear reader, is terrorism as its finest. I am rendered useless, because of all the cute.
I have a feeling I'm not alone, which is why we need to be honest when it comes to describing toddlers. I mean, yes, they're adorable and they're sweet and they're fun and they're fearless and smart and all of the things I see in my son on a regular, daily basis. However, they're also emotional terrorists, and here are just a few reasons why: