Little Man is a challenge. At two, he could drive me to need professional help. Honestly, the problem is that he is too smart. He has the vocabulary and understanding of a child twice his age. But the impulse control of a 15 month old. No lie.
In Colossians 3:21 it says:
Fathers, do not exasperate your children, that they may not lose heart.
Underneath that verse it should say:
…and [Little Man], do not exasperate your parents, that they may not lose heart.
A few days ago, I found myself telling him – in a not so calm manner – “Please just obey. I don’t want to discipline you anymore. I really hate having to do this. Can you please just obey so I can stop having to be consistent?”
It is interesting though that Little Man’s issues and Bubs’ issues are totally different. With Bubs’ Sensory Processing issues, I wasn’t exasperated as much as I was just lost. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know where to turn. I found myself in tears more than once begging God to give me my son back. I knew that Bubs was out of control and he didn’t know how to gain control back. I felt helpless to help my son.
Little Man is just curious, mischievous, a ball of perpetual motion, and 99% of the time – guilty. Everything needs to be manipulated and examined. Instead of going straight to the destination, he will go on, over, and through, touching everything within ten feet of the direct path. Absolutely everything is a distraction. Drives his Momma crazy!
For the next few days, I am going to be blogging about the challenges of having a Spirited Child. You will find that almost all of the wisdom that I gained with Bubs is useless in this situation. You will notice that I have also started a “category” for Spirited Child. I hope that you will chime in and give your suggestions. Stay tuned!