Toddler Mania

There are times that living with a toddler will make you feel like you are losing your mind. It’s like living with a crazy person.

Sometimes when I’m arguing with Gus I look around to make sure Ashton Kutcher isn’t coming out with a camera. I’ve read all the textbooks and I know what all the theories have to say about boys being slower than girls to develop their language skills. Well, they never met Gus. Apparently, he is a statistical anomaly or the theories are yet again proven wrong. My boy can talk. And my boy can argue.

Here’s one example. Gus gets 20 minutes of computer game time each night. He’s in love with Nick Jr. Games. He uses the dinosaur computer which means that it runs so slow if it decides to run at all. And I’m sure it’s old age is complicated by the damage a 3 year old boy has inflicted upon it.  Needless to say, we were having difficulties getting it to load tonight.

“Let me do it, mom. You’re not doing it right.” He orders me. Apparently, he is a computer genius as well.

“Gus, I am doing it right. You just have to be patient.”

“I am being patient. You’re not being patient.”

“I’m being patient-

“No, you’re not.” He cuts me off. “You’re doing it. You’re doing it right! I told you. I told you you were doing it right.”

I’m confused. Then I get a message. Google is going to kill the pages.

“You can’t play this game.” I say.

“Yes I can. You said I can play this game.” He argues.

“I know I said that you can play the game, but the game isn’t working.”

“I told you you were doing it wrong!” He yells.

“You just told me I was doing it right!”Now I’ve raised my voice.

“Move over.” He attempts to push me over in the chair. “I can do it.”

“You see this message?” I asked, pointing at the error message. “It says that the game is not going to work.”

“That’s not what it says.”

“Yes it does.” He shakes his head vehemently. “Gus, I can read. That’s what it says.”

“That’s not what it says.”

And then I’m in launched into an argument in which I am trying to convince my toddler that I can read. I am trying to prove to someone that can’t read that I can. See what I mean? I’m exhausted.  I bet you are exhausted just from reading this.




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8 Responses to Toddler Mania

  1. Christa Held says:

    Wow. That sounds exactly like every daily conversation with my 4 yo daughter. She speaks more convincingly than my 12 yo and I’m sure she’ll be running the world (or at least trying to) by the time she’s 10. It takes all of my energy to just walk away and let her figure out for herself she needs help…sometimes it takes a screaming match before I remember it’s best to walk away. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Mommy Psychologist says:

      It sounds like your daughter would be a perfect match for Gus. They could argue with each other for hours.

  2. Adam says:

    Ha ha ha, “Trying to convince someone that can’t read that I can read”…Classic!

    You should get him a leappad, that way you never have to touch it (and by “touch” I mean “break”).

  3. I think your son and my daughter would be a power couple!

  4. Peg says:

    He is lucky he is so darn cute :)

    • Mommy Psychologist says:

      Yes, he is! I’ve said it a thousand times. It’s the only reason he’s still alive.

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