I’m An Asshole

I don’t reblog posts often, but this one had me laughing from the start. Every parent can relate to Bossy Babe’s experiences.

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My husband and I have been held hostage. It will be 3 years this coming April. The cavalry aren’t coming; hostage rescue has been halted mainly only because the offender is my 2-year-old toddler, and well, she won’t leave.

Most days it feels like we’re being held captive by an unreasonable foreigner who we have a Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexelsmajor communication barrier with (and other days, we wonder if there are a few cards missing in her deck). In other words, my toddler is absolutely insane! I’m sorry, that’s not entirely

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  1. Haha…I was just going to close up for the night and this popped up…New post! that woke me up…Ahhh the memories long parked in the recesses of my mind…The terrible 2,3, and 4’s just until they leave home really…haha…good share, Pete x

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    1. petespringerauthor January 13, 2021 — 12:13 pm

      There are so many good moments about being a parent, but when you sign up for parenting, everyone can empathize with these trying times. Bossy Babe is wise to keep a sense of humor about it all.

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      1. I think so, Pete… it is one of the best jobs in the world though those good or special moments can take your breathe away at times and make it all worthwhile x

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  2. Remembering when and smiling… 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor January 13, 2021 — 12:14 pm

      The not so glamourous moments of parenting—we’ve all been there.

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  3. Well worth the share Pete! Truly entertaining!

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    1. petespringerauthor January 13, 2021 — 6:07 pm

      I’m so far removed from that stage, but perhaps I’ll relive it as a grandparent. When you’re in the middle of it all, we think we must be the worst parents ever.

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    2. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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  4. LOL! So funny! Thanks Pete!

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    1. petespringerauthor January 13, 2021 — 6:10 pm

      So much of Bossy Babe’s memories sound like they could have come from my playbook when our son was two and three.

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      1. “I’m not alone!!” That’s all we ever just want to hear! 🙂

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      2. I’m glad you reposted so I could follow her too! Thanks Pete! I agree!

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      3. Thanks Pete and thanks so much for the follow Janie! 🙂

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  5. The clock missing the number eight is a priceless reason for a meltdown. Most of them make just as much sense.

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    1. petespringerauthor January 13, 2021 — 6:14 pm

      I laughed so hard with that part, too—nothing like trying to reason with a two-year-old to explain the impossible.

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  6. So many truisms! And by the time it’s over, you want nothing else. Fun read.

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    1. petespringerauthor January 13, 2021 — 6:17 pm

      Exactly! We wanted our son to grow up and be smart and independent. He’s both of those things. Now, what do we say? But he never asks for our help anymore. 😊

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  7. Hilarious….only because my 2 year old is now 32!
    Thank God!

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    1. petespringerauthor January 13, 2021 — 10:32 pm

      My two-year-old is twenty-eight. I do confess I’m looking forward to going through a lot of this again as a grandfather. So many good memories mixed in with all the challenges of trying to manage it all.

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      1. The best part about being a grandparent (I would think) will be when these outbursts happen you can say to your son, “your kid needs you!” LOL and then run for your life!

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      2. petespringerauthor January 14, 2021 — 9:25 am

        If your son/daughter lives near, one of the perks is you can leave when you want. I volunteer at my old school occasionally, but as I always tell my old colleagues, I can go home when I feel like it.

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  8. My son is now 38, but when he was about 2 and he couldn’t get his own way he’d drop to his knees and bash his forehead on the floor. He learned quickly to do this in shops when I couldn’t afford the sweets or toy he wanted. However, he soon realised that all he’d get for his troubles was a headache. It was a terrible battle of wills for years and I almost gave in, but I’m so glad I didn’t!

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    1. So it does get better, then? Lol

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      1. Eventually. Just don’t give in, otherwise your goose is cooked so to speak.

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      2. Oh man, ok loud and clear!! Thanks! 🙂

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    2. petespringerauthor January 14, 2021 — 9:31 am

      I frankly don’t know how single parents manage. Even with two committed and involved parents, parenting can be hard.

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      1. I think about this all the time, I guess it helps me stay positive bc I know it could be much worse!

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  9. So much is recognisable. Two-year olds. Who’d have them? (Just kidding.)

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    1. But then their saving grace is that they’re so freaking adorable lol when they’re not throwing themselves to the ground that is! Lol

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      1. They are adorable, and sometimes they just want to learn. Sometimes it’s easier to see the ‘naughty’ than recognise the intelligence e.g. it’s pretty clever to notice that the 8 was missing from the clock. It would be useful to show her a whole range of clocks with different numbers and explain why. She’d probably find it fascinating. Young children always impress me with what they notice and learn without any prompting. It’s great to tap into their thirst for learning when it’s at its peak.

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      2. That’s a great point and a great idea, thanks! I will try that actually!

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      3. Let me know how it goes. 🙂

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    2. petespringerauthor January 14, 2021 — 9:33 am

      When I was muddling my way through as a parent, I’d often think, “Thank goodness he won’t remember any of this.”😎

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      1. Haha I will try to remind myself of this along the way!

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      2. I wish they didn’t remember some of the stuff, but hopefully they’ll learn from it. Actually, I think my son is a pretty good dad. I’m proud of him. His children are very fortunate. It’s give me enormous pleasure to see what a wonderful father he is. It’s reassuring to see the progress made in each generation. His children’s childhood is vastly different from mine. 🙂

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      3. petespringerauthor January 16, 2021 — 7:41 am

        That must be a wonderful feeling. I’m so looking forward to being a grandpa and watch our son as a dad.

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      4. It is a great feeling, Pete. I’m sure you will enjoy it when it’s your turn.

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  10. LOL!! Oh yes, I do remember those days! 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor January 14, 2021 — 9:40 am

      I laugh, remembering how naive we were starting out. Our son was such a crier as an infant. One of the funny things I remember was that he found the noise of the vacuum soothing. I even tried making a tape of that noise, but that didn’t have the same effect. I was that guy vacuuming at 2:30 in the morning. Needless to say, we had the cleanest house in town.🤣

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      1. LOL!! You do what you have to do to have peace! 🙂 I am sure your wife appreciated the clean house.

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      2. Oh my goodness the things we do so out kids can sleep. I swear most the people driving on the roads at 2am are probably crying parents driving to help their kids sleep!!! LOL

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      3. petespringerauthor January 14, 2021 — 10:45 am

        In that same vein, I have a friend that tells a story about taking his kid for a late-night drive, and his car broke down halfway across town. It is funny how we can take solace, knowing that we don’t have it as hard as someone else.

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      4. Omg that’s the worst story ever (as in your poor friend)!!! 😱😱😱

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  11. Hee hee. I can tell this is going to be fun. Thanks for sharing, Pete. I’m heading over to do some more laughing. 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor January 14, 2021 — 1:32 pm

      Thanks, Diana. We’re not laughing at Bossy Babe; we’re laughing with her because what parent hasn’t been there?

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      1. I’ve been there for sure. 🙂 Kids are their own people from the moment they’re born.

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  12. Delightful, hilarious and HONEST post. Ah, brought me “back to the day.” And actually, now I’ve been watching my “toddlers” who are now parents deal with the fun of the toddler years. It’s MUCH more fun watching as a grandmother. I just bring out the cookies and I’m the best-loved person in the room. 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor January 14, 2021 — 1:40 pm

      Besides the great humor, it was the honesty of this piece that won me over. What parent doesn’t second guess if you are doing the right thing when you’ve moved into survival mode?

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  13. that was fun to read. brings back lots of memories. thanks for sharing, Pete!

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    1. petespringerauthor January 15, 2021 — 9:40 am

      As I commented earlier, perhaps watching a video of something like this should be part of a high school sex education class. It’s not all glamorous, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I love being a dad!

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  14. Well, too many years have passed since we had a toddler. Yes, the twos can be terrible. But I don’t think they were so awful for ours 30+ years ago. If they were, I don’t want to be reminded of them. Probably funny in a macabre masochistic way but I just can’t go there.

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    1. petespringerauthor January 17, 2021 — 2:16 pm

      When you sign up for the parenting gig, you take the good along with the challenging times. There is that nice nine-month grace period (Well, mama might not think it’s so great) to get used to the idea of parenthood. Our son just turned 28. My wife and I are definitely looking forward to being grandparents someday.

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  15. I loved this, Pete. Amazing how the toddler is always the boss. Toni

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    1. petespringerauthor January 18, 2021 — 8:41 am

      I love the honesty of this post, as sometimes we parents start out with grandiose ideas but quickly move into survival mode when our children meltdown.

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  16. Fab find Pete. I was laughing out loud. Thanks for the introduction to BossyBabe’s blog. 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor January 18, 2021 — 7:08 pm

      Isn’t she great, Debby? What we need more of are people who aren’t afraid to poke fun at themselves, their children, and the humor of life. Bossy Babe hasn’t gotten to the chapter where your children become experts about everything, and the parents are complete imbeciles. 🤣

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      1. LOL Pete. Yes, great find. And oh ya, can you imagine what she’d have to write about as her child grows. Lol, we should stay tuned! 🙂

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  17. I loved this, Pete! Humor and talking about ‘how it really is’. This is so much like Barb Taub’s blog. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. petespringerauthor January 23, 2021 — 6:35 pm

      It struck my funny bone. Every parent has been there, and yet somehow, we muddle through, and they turn out fine as we try to figure it out as parents. As long as any child knows he/she is loved, things will work out.

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      1. You said it perfectly. I feel exactly the same way. It all comes down to love.

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