Ever since I found out I was pregnant with Joshua, I’ve subscribed myself to BabyCenter‘s weekly newsletters. And for the past few months, I’ve been growing increasingly concerned over Joshua’s toddler behaviour. Albeit probably being somewhat paranoid and oversensitive, here’s a list of the things that worry me.
Toddlers are somehow supposed to:
- whine a fair bit
Joshua never does that for more than 2 minutes, because it doesn’t take long for us to establish what it is that he wants. Otherwise if he is whining for no reason, I will simply tell him to go away because his noise irritates me, and ignore him until he can “say” what he wants.
- reject the idea of sleep by fussing or stalling bedtime
We hardly have an issue getting him into bed. Yes, he does still sneak out of bed once in a while, but as long as he happily gives a goodnight kiss, it means he’s willing to comply with going to sleep. Never does he stall, nor scream.
- have separation issues
While he did have a couple of weeks when he would scream bloody murder when someone goes out, it oddly stopped one day after we’ve been repeatedly telling him that “[insert person’s name here] will be back soon”.
- reject the idea of going “potty”
Josh doesn’t have a problem with sitting still on the potty, nor the idea of going bare-assed without diaper, he only has a problem with specific instructions on where to pee.
- unable to sit still and behave appropriately in a restaurant
We’ve pretty much never had this problem with Joshua, and we put it down to the glutton that he is.
- generally defiant behaviour
I don’t know why we’ve never had this issue. Maybe cos… I rule with an iron fist? 😕
Don’t take this the wrong way here, I’m not trying to show off or anything. Seriously, I am concerned because he’s just not behaving appropriately like how other toddlers are. I always hear about monstrous toddlers (it’s the Terrible Twos, remember?) but my son is so… angelically obedient that it’s somewhat… weird.
As much as I would like to believe that he is well-behaved because I have spent the last 21 months of my life teaching him well, I really do sometimes worry that he is more “abnormal” than he is obedient.
He’s not shy, he doesn’t throw tantrums, he hardly ever defies the adults.
Ok fine. I’m being paranoid.