Do you know Andy Pipkin?
(If you don’t, you need to go Youtube that shit right away!)
He is a character on Little Britain. Along with his incredibly patient carer Lou they are some of my favourite moments on the show and since our two-year old became well… two, I think I can see why.
Is this scenario familiar?:
“I want some juice, I want tha’ one”
“Are you sure? Last time you had that juice you yelled at me because it was too sweet and refused to drink it.”
“Yeah, I know, I want tha’ one”
“But you said last time you drank it that the juice was stupid and you wanted to have a banana instead, do you want a banana now?”
“yeah I know, I don’t want a banana I want this juice.”
“OK, here you go here’s the juice.”
“This juice is too sweet, I want a banana.”
“Mummy I want an apple please”
“Here you go.”
*takes three bites*
“I don’t want this apple, put it in the bin.”
“How about I hold onto it just in case you want it later.”
“No, put it in the bin.”
*a few minutes later when she is in her car seat.*
“I want an apple.”
(luckily I have the previously rejected apple in the cup holder…somehow I saw this coming.)
At least she follows an easy and predictable pattern with it.
This can work to our advantage but you still have to go through all the motions. I guess it is a developmental stage- I have seen patterns in behaviour of a similar type with our boys.
Do you have a two-year old who does this too?