Friday, January 20, 2012

Terrible Twos, The Prequel to the Teen Years

I have to imagine that the mother of a two year old girl and the mother of a 16 year old girl have more in common than they might think.  In both cases there is usually a great battle brewing.   Yes the subject of the battles are very different...the two year old is crying over not being allowed ice cream at 9am or having to nap instead of play and the 16 year old is crying because you won't let her go to the unchaperoned party or on a trip to Cozumel with her sleezy Biology Teacher...but never the less the energy of these battles is much the same.

Check me out....yes I appeared to be the perfect "geeky" teen but inside was a volcano ready to explode!
 I often have moments with Lil' C where I get visions of the future and what is in store and it scares me! I was not an easy teenager to raise, quite moody in fact, and went through a terrible blue period my senior year of high school.  I had a temper (wonder where Lil' C gets it from) and though I was a good girl (the girlfriend of a Mormon has to be good), I was a bit of a B*#*H when it came to my mom (sorry mom!). 
Mama and Me :)
So here I am, now raising a daughter (karma coming back to bite me ;)), and who knows what is in store.  She is the sweetest, most loving, feisty, independent, funny, energetic little person I know.  She is like me in so many ways and foreign to me in so many others.  I never know what mood or pair of shoes she will be wearing next (the girl LOVES shoes).  She loves to be nude, is so focused, is as stubborn as a mule, loves to snuggle her George, is so considerate of her brother, has the loudest screech (I should rent her out to sound effect studios) and is so stinkin cute!
The other night I was talking about Lil'C in the teen years with S and told him that we are going to have to make sure that she gets herself a good Mormon boyfriend to help her fly straight.  It helped me stay "pure" and because of him I stayed away from booze until college.  S told me that it was a great plan but that reverse psychology might work better with Lil' C.  So the plan is to forbid her from dating Mormon's and then she will run right into their waiting arms (although at the dances I went to you had to be 6 inches apart). A mother can dream......


Mom said...

What goes around comes around. I am glad that you now admit that you had your tough moments. Oh to be appreciated 17 years later. Remember that when Lil' C turns 16.
As much as there are similarities to the two ages, the differences are there too. At least at two I was able to keep you in one place (home). Not as easy when you were 16.
It is called Sweet 16 because if parents thought it would be like the terrible twos (way too honest) all girls would be put in convents or boarding schools when they become teenagers.
We got through it, three times. Don't think things will be easier with Z, just different.

MamaB said...

I really think our youngest must have known each other in a previous life because everything you just said is exactly what we are experiencing with Jillian. I knew I was stubborn growing up but whole dig in your heels batman!! Love my feisty girls but wow is this going to be DRAMA!

Lee-Ann said...

The battles I have with my 3.5 year old scare me! I'm practicing for the teen years and that girl has a temper!

Connie Weiss said...

You are so funny! I agree with the reverse psychology idea!

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