Aliens have abducted my son. At least that is the best explanation I can come up with for his recent behavior. My son has been a darling child for the majority of his young life. He seems to be well liked by his peers at daycare and his teachers love him. But recently things have starting taking a turn for the worst.
For some reason my son seems to think that hitting is okay. At first I was chalking it up to him being “heavy handed” and not really understanding that his taps were actually hurting the recipient. But I think he is actually hitting. He mostly exhibits this behavior with me; somehow his father is able to keep him in check. I think it is the bass in his voice. I on the other hand might as well be talking to myself when I am trying to discipline him. Most times, he looks at me and laughs.
I was somewhat willing to accept that it will take some time for a fourteen-month-old to understand reprimands and the concept of timeout. But today when I went to pick him up from preschool, he received a bad report. Apparently he was bullying the other children by taking their toys and he slapped a little girl. He has only received stellar reports over the eight months that he has been in daycare.
Can you imagine my shock and disappointment in this report? Yes, he is only fourteen months old and this is the first time, but we all want our children to be perfect angels. I do know that this is not a realistic expectation, but I thought we could make it to the two-year mark before I started to hear about “terrible two” behavior.
I am hoping that this is just a phase that he is going through. I have to admit that I have thought about calling Super Nanny because I want to nip this in the bud before it because a real problem. That is only a fleeting thought because I know that Super Nanny will not be visiting. My son is generally a good kid and if you have seen Super Nanny, you know those families have serious problems! We are nowhere near that level of insanity and I know my husband and I are committed to never getting to that place.
So, I wait. I wait for the aliens that abducted my sweet child to return him. I am sure they will. Soon. I hope.