was recently walking through the airport with my daughter when I placed my hand
lightly on her shoulder, hoping simply to guide her forward so that we could
get home sometime before the next century.
push me!" She screamed only seconds later. I stopped and looked at her, baffled
as she screamed it again. "Stop pushing me, Mommy."
were watching us now, giving me that look—the one that said they knew one of
two scenarios was going on here: either I was pushing my small child, or my
small child was being a brat. Neither
option made me look all that good.
in that moment, I realized … my toddler is jerk.
"Don't push me" line has been repeated a handful of times since, along with
"don't hit me," which is actually so much worse. I feel like it bears
mentioning that I have never pushed or
hit my child. But that doesn't stop her from accusing me of such atrocities in
learning through talking to other mothers, though, that toddlers are simply
notorious for this kind of thing. They like to test their boundaries, often in
public, perhaps as a way of seeing just how unconditional our love really is.
are a few of the ways toddlers will test your love, and testimonies from 14
mothers to back up just how common it really is.
Push Me" Phenomenon
'Mommy, why did you let that man pull my pants down?'
"My son was acting totally out of
control in the DMV. I picked him up and told him I was going to take him into
the bathroom to talk to him. As soon as I took one step toward the bathroom, he
screamed (in the silence of the crowded DMV) 'DON'T BEAT ME!' I have never beaten
him." — Michaela D.
"I took my 3-year-old to Target after
getting her flu shot this year. As soon as we got into the store, she yelled
out (while still crying from the shot), 'Mommy, why did you let that man pull
my pants down?' I got some really judgy looks." — Eliz F.
"Our childcare provider called me
a few days ago to tell me that my daughter told her, 'My daddy spanked my ass
and punched me in the face.' Let me be clear, yes she said a potty word (I may
be guilty for that.) But her father adores her and would never punch her in the
face." — Dawn M.
toddler has stopped picking her nose and eating it. Which is awesome, because
that was gross. Only now, she picks her nose and hands me the boogers. "Here,
Mommy!" She beams. Meanwhile, all I can think is, "Great … just what I always
"Both my sons will lick my cheek instead of
kiss it every now and again, despite my flipping out on them for doing it." — Sarah M.
The kid literally peed everywhere in the middle of a museum, like she had been saving it up all week just for that very moment.
daughter has been potty trained for quite a while now, but only recently did I
decide it was safe to leave the diaper bag at home. Of course, that first trip
out without a spare set of clothes was the first time in months she had an
accident. The kid literally peed everywhere in the middle of a museum, like she
had been saving it up all week just for that very moment.
"My 4 year old will scream after
she poops (even in public places) 'come wipe my butt!' If I ask her when she
plans on learning to wipe her own butt she says, 'never, it's your job!' So
that's fun…" — Christina H.
"My daughter is 2.5 and potty
training and when daddy went to help her with the contents of the potty chair
she screamed, 'Not YOU! Not you, Daddy!!!' I have the exclusive rights to all
pee, poop and vomit in this house, apparently. No one is allowed to touch a
full potty chair but me. I am so blessed." — Jill S.
That Make You Want to Hide
and away, these embarrassing parenting moments seemed to top the list of
love-testing for most moms.
"When my oldest was just shy of
his third birthday, we were shopping at Walmart. I put a box of
tampons in the cart and continued shopping. That was when my son started
yelling, 'I have coupons! Coupons for your butt!' I turned around just in time
to see him throw about a dozen of his 'coupons' in the air. Needless to say, he
had opened the tampons and they were now everywhere. Several people were
cracking up while I was picking up 'coupons' and he kept screaming about the
'Coupons for your butt!'" — Tonia H.
"My Husband had a major back injury this
summer and after surgery needed to sleep in our guest bedroom, which of course
meant that my 3-year-old felt the need to tell everyone that daddy sleeps in
his own bed, in his own room. Oy." — Kathryn H.
"My son used to yell loudly, and
somewhat panicky, 'Mama! We can't forget Daddy's beer!!!' every time we were at
the grocery store." — Ali N.
"Two of mine used to pull my
shirts down in public. They were not breastfed. One time my son flashed my
boobs to an elderly man in the bread aisle. He totally just stopped in his
tracks and stared. Then we locked eyes. Very awkward!" — Kayla B.
"When I was 8 months pregnant my
daughter, who was 2.5, would point out VERY LOUDLY everyone else who was
pregnant … I'm pretty sure she was only right once." — Samantha P.
She proceeded to cry and scream because I put cheese on it.
swear, sometimes … they're just trying to be jerks.
"My 3-year-old threw a watermelon
down the carpeted stairs. On purpose. He grabbed it off the counter while I was
putting away the groceries, ran from me straight to the stairs, and chucked it
down. It broke on the first bounce, then continued to break and bounce until it
finally went SPLAT at the bottom. It took FOUR hours to clean!" — Renee E.
"My 2.5 year old daughter asked
for a quesadilla. Then she proceeded to cry and scream because I put cheese on
it." — Nonaki
"If I take a piece of food off of
my daughter's plate she will shake her little finger in my face and say, 'No,
ma'am!' I call her Joey from "Friends." Because 'Joey doesn't share food!' In
true Joey fashion she will take food from my plate but I'm not allowed to do
the same." — Tracey M.
there you have it. Toddlers are forever testing our love. I suppose it's a good
thing that love truly is unconditional, and that most of the time, we can laugh
about it after the fact.