Love You? Yes. Like You? Not at the Moment...
Yes, I'm talking to you my dear two-year-old. I love you. I love you to pieces, to the moon and back, and more than life itself. But man, you are making it really hard to like you right now.
I love that you're finding your inner voice and starting to stick up for yourself with other kids. But I don't like how it sticks up to me and your father.
I love that you're cute and adorable. You are one of the most smiley kids I know. But I don't like how you've turned that cuteness into a look that clearly means: if I keep annoying Mom, she'll give in...
I love that you are playing by yourself and that you have favorite toys. But I don't like that the only way to get my point across is to take them away from you.
I love that you are full of energy. You keep us moving. But I don't like that you are the most energetic at bedtime when we've had our fill of you.
I love that you are learning to have an opinion. I want you to be a strong leader someday. But I don't like that it means you have to have an opinion about every little thing we try to do around here.
I love that you have a strong vocabulary and have always been a great communicator. But I don't like the arguing that comes with it.
I love that you favor fruits, vegetables, and more nutritious foods. But I don't like the battle that comes with every single meal time.
I love that you enjoy(ed) helping me with household chores like emptying the dishwasher or putting clothes in the washer. But I don't like that you are starting to only help me if there's a reward in it for you.
I love that I get to spend every day with you. But I don't like that I have to spend every day with you. Ok, that one is more me than you...
I love you more than you will ever know and all of these things that you are learning and testing me with right now are going to be thing that I pray benefit you someday.
I pray that your inner voice is strong and will help you between right and wrong.
I pray that you learn beauty is only skin deep and that you should never judge people by their looks.
I pray that you will care for your possessions but never put things before time with people you love.
I pray that you never lose your energy and that you find things in life to keep you active.
I pray that you learn to control your opinions wisely.
I pray that you continue to learn so you are always a good communicator.
I pray that you understand the importance of taking care of your body because you only get one.
I pray that you will help your future spouse maintain a comfortable household.
I pray that one day you will look back and have some fun memories of our days together. When it was just you and me. When it was your sneaky smile against my patience. When it was your strong will versus mine.
And even though I don't like some things you do now and I know there will most definitely be things that I don't like in the future know that I will always love you.