Are most toddlers difficult 90% of the time? Or am I in the minority? I feel like when we go to friends houses, their kids are generally in good working order. Of course no kid is going to do what their parents ask 100% of the time, but they all seem willing to cooperate with their parents most of the time.
I feel like Aiden fights EVERYTHING we want him to do. He's happy when he's playing. But the second we have to do something necessary to daily life (ie, brushing teeth, eating dinner, changing a diaper, getting dressed, bedtime, etc.) he throws a fit. I feel like I'm constantly wrestling a midget.
Aiden has recently developed a shy streak. I hate it. I don't handle shyness very well. SPEAK UP. Speak when spoken to. GAH. COM'ON. Whenever anyone aside from Travis or I ask him a direct question (friends, family, strangers), he looks at the ground and stops speaking. Drives me insane. It doesn't matter how much prompting we give him. He won't answer.
He also doesn't seem to like anyone aside from me. He makes exceptions for Robert and Gpa (you'll note that Travis is not included here), but if he's cranky sometimes even they won't do. Only me. I am not a single parent! Travis is here to help! I have to BEG Aiden to let Daddy get his milk sometimes. Or if he needs help opening a toy. Mommy's making dinner, please let Daddy help.
I suppose the general exception to this is his teachers at daycare. He talks to them no problem. Oh and kids. He'll talk to kids.
The other thing I've noticed recently is he carries Mr. Lion around with him EVERYWHERE when he's at home. Mr. Lion is the first thing he wants when we get home. (After he asks for milk, which he doesn't get until dinner, you can have water, WHY DO WE HAVE TO DO THIS EVERY DAY?) He used to only have Mr. Lion at nap time/bed time. Now he wants him all the time. I don't let him take him out of the house for a couple reasons. I don't want him to get filthy when he will be in bed at the end of the day. And I don't want to lose/forget Mr. Lion. That has happened one time, over the weekend, and it was the most stressful weekend of my life. I don't think it's a big enough deal that we need to limit Lion Time to when he's in bed. I'm hoping he'll get over this phase on his own. What do you think?