Her favorite naughty things include:
Climbing on the kitchen table. This often includes something flying across the room. Typically I wouldn't worry about her climbing on the table, but we have a tall bar style table and I don't do well with blood. Plus, every time she stands proudly in the middle of the table, I think of her future and hope table dancing is excluded. My morbid imagination seems to take it a bit further because Tina Turner's hit "Private Dancer" plays over and over again in my brain. In fact, it's the only song I have in my head these days....ask Landon.
The infamous flailing of the arms and legs at the attempt to put Zoe in her car seat. I think every parent goes through this with their children. Today Zoe was insistent upon kicking me in the head repeatedly. Zoe thought this was quite funny between her screams of agony. Surprisingly, I had no reaction to being kicked. I was more focused on confining my little angel and shutting the van door as quickly as possible.
Coloring on walls. She is my first wall artist and she takes every opportunity she has to happily draw a mural of scribbles on the walls, doors, cupboards, fridge and whatever else is under 30 inches tall. At visits with our pediatrician he always drills us on keeping medications and cleaning products out of reach, but he fails to mention crayons, markers, pens, paints and all other art products. These are critical products to keep out of a toddlers reach. If all households in America had these items on the top shelf, I have no doubt that child abuse statistics would drop drastically.It's not too often that I want to shake Zoe. The rare occasion that I do want to shake her, my self restraint kicks in. Instead I opt for timeouts. Zoe is quickly becoming familiar with this practice of punishment at which she sobs and tries to cling to my leg. The sobs of "Mommy, Mommy" don't typically make me pity her. They do make me wish for a time machine to fast forward through the next year....at least the screaming parts. She also understands "spanking". It's not something I practice often, but just the word gets her attention and causes her to listen.
Zoe is still the sweetest little girl I know even though she is becoming known as Little Miss Independent. She is stubborn. Stubbornness is a horrible trait to have to deal with as a parent, but it will be a great attribute when she is in middle and high school. Her stubbornness along with her new age of independence keeps her repetition of the word "NO" so frequent that you'd think there was an echo.