Now he's seen me take clothes out of the wash and put them in the dryer hundreds of times, but he still doesn't have the ability to rationalize that his blanket will also go through the wash, go into the dryer, and come out clean and soft. Oh, I try to explain to him that his blanket is "dirty" and needs to get "clean," but he still begs me, pleads with me, and then finally screams at me because he thinks I took his blanket away...in his eyes...perhaps forever.
Yes, examples of other misunderstandings include
- when I take food away from my little guy because its hot.
- when I take his binky away from him because it's only for "night-night."
- when I take a wrapped present away from him because it's not his.
- when I force gloves onto his hands when we go outside to play in the snow.
- when I take fruit away from him at the grocerystore because we're supposed to buy it and wash it first.
- when I make him take his "yucky" vitamins.
I love this age and all the new challenges that come with it, but it's still difficult to be viewed as a "meanie" in the eyes of your child. I'll admit that sometimes I'll give my little guy his dirty blanket back (and place it in the wash when he's not looking), or I'll sneak those yucky tasting vitamins into his food. Other times, I'll just proceed with my decision, knowing that one day he'll start to understand my reasoning. Whichever decision I make, at least I know, from the bottom of my heart, it was made with love.