Hmm...maybe it's time to find a more critical critic.
At any rate, when I sit down to write, inevitably something that's annoying me about life, the world, and/or people in the world is what rolls out of me. This list is a long one. We'll save those gems for another time.
For now, let me entertain you with the latest and greatest from my 14 month old daughter, Ceci.
As a child therapist, I'm perfectly aware that toddlers, and all children (and some adults) need to learn to regulate their emotions. Ceci is currently in the throes of "dysregulation". Last week, my husband went to pick her up at daycare. This is normally the time of day when she is becoming quite disagreeable; she's all "played out". She vehemently dislikes her car seat, and is not afraid to express her feelings about this every single time we put her in the car.
By my hub's account, on this particular day Ceci was displaying her usual unhappy feelings about getting in her car seat. At one point, she looked at my husband, looked down at her hand and furrowed her brow at him. I have no idea how she pieced together her next move.
Our tiny little 20 lb. toddler cocked her open hand back, and slapped him right across the face. She immediately smiled at him, as if she was satisfied with what she had just done. My husband started laughing, because c'mon, that's really funny stuff. She immediately slapped him two more times and broke into cute toddler giggles.
I thought I'd know how to handle these situations. I vowed to never let my child's cuteness get in the way of teaching. She later smacked me in the leg at home while I was attempting to take a pen out of her hand. All I could do was laugh. I'm sure I won't laugh at this behavior eventually, but for now I just can't bring myself to stop. Her little furrowed brow is just too cute.