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Title: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: JodyJS on March 02, 2012, 04:17 PM
You think you'll never forget those slightly annoying--or worse--behaviors your kids displayed when they were young.  But you do.  So I need your help, please.

What are some exhausting behaviors of little kids?

I'll start:

whining
not sharing
not taking naps

Thanks in advance!  Can't wait to relive those days. ;)

Jody
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Liz Straw on March 02, 2012, 04:19 PM
That high pitch scream only toddlers (and opera singer who are actually singing) can hit.  :run4hills
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: MysteryRobin on March 02, 2012, 04:24 PM
Yep - but those are pretty basic. Usually the not taking naps is the cause of all the lovely stuff to come. Here's a list for you:
1) Falling down in a store and refusing to get up (going boneless)
2) Begging for stuff (I need that visor. I need that chocolate bunny. I really need those socks!)
3) Poking/licking/biting siblings
4) Singing songs over and over and over
5) Bouncing on everything
6) Climbing up your back over your shoulders and flipping in your lap
7) Chewing on your hair
8) Licking your computer
9) Eating snacks in the car/closet/your bed and leaving crumbs
10) Peeing in your uggs
11) Laying on the cat
12) Holding onto your ankle while you're trying to make dinner and letting you drag them around the kitchen floor
13) Shrieking
14) Knocking over folded laundry
15) Throwing dirty laundry over the stairs... with the basket
16) Growling
17) Losing your ipod
18) Only speaking in a British accent (badly)
19) Pouring their own milk... all over the floor
20) Eating toast with a plate, but getting crumbs and toast crust everywhere but the plate

I could go on...
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Liz Straw on March 02, 2012, 04:28 PM
not knowing when to quit, even after you have told them. 

(I am not a mom, I am just remembering random things from being around nieces and nephews and friends kids)
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: LeslieG on March 02, 2012, 04:36 PM
Arching their backs so I couldn't buckle them into their car seats was always a favorite--especially when I was running late.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: olmue on March 02, 2012, 05:24 PM
1. Hitting their little brothers and then not getting it that time out is the natural consequence.
2. Happily snapping all their crayons in half (make little! make little!) and then handing them to you with the command to "make big!"
3. Knock knock jokes (except they don't really get how they work)
4. Drawing murals on their bedroom walls--with Easter chocolate (it doesn't wash off, if you're wondering)
5. Taking off their seatbelts (yes, even in carseats) when you're in a busy road with no place to turn off
6. Opening the door when the doorbell rings--before you can reach it, and also before they've remembered to put their pants on (yes, in both the American and British meanings of pants)
7. Climbing into your bed in the middle of the night, kicking both parents out of bed, and then wandering out to find out why you left.
8. Having tantrums in REALLY inopportune moments--like when you're getting out of a train and you find there's riot police lining every platform, and your 4YO decides to throw a massive, glass-shattering fit, in English, and you are in another country and are having bad flashbacks to the von Trapp family trying to escape silently over the Alps before the Nazis catch them
9. Climbing on top of the fridge to raid their siblings' chocolate Advents calendars
10. Gutting all their drawers and toy boxes to find one thing that was in plain sight--and then walking off
11. Making huge piles of blankets from every bed in the house to make forts--and not wanting to clean up
12. Removing the bedding and mattress from the toddler bed and then pushing the frame all over through the already-gutted room
13. Licking each other
14. Not eating dinner because it's yucky/they're full and then the second you need to either go somewhere or it's time for bed, they're STARVING.
15. Hiding things behind their backs right in front of you, as if you would never guess they're running off with food to the places outside the kitchen where food is strictly forbidden.

Just a few suggestions...
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: J-Bert on March 02, 2012, 05:31 PM
Mystery Robin, your #10 had me laughing out loud! Although I'm sure the reality of it wasn't funny. I like how you tucked that one in the middle.

Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: CarrieF on March 02, 2012, 05:50 PM
My daughter (just turned 3) insists on doing many things all by herself (in general, a laudable goal). In practice what this means is that, if I have begun to do something for her she must UNDO whatever I have done, and then start all over again from the beginning. For example, if I got her coat from the closet and brought it to her in preparation for leaving. She would put it back in the closet, and then get it out again. It is MADDENING.

More will come to me later, but I'm too exhausted right now...

Carrie
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Karen Bly on March 02, 2012, 05:53 PM
My little guy used to drive me crazy emptying our kitchen cabinets, bookshelves, drawers. Anything with stuff in it, had to come out.

Screaming in the car, arching against the seat belt in the car seat.

Tantrums, oy, the tantrums...
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: DianaM on March 02, 2012, 07:02 PM
My youngest just turned three. Sometimes she throws random objects into the recycling bin (like keys) or hides them in other places. Recently, she emptied a tube of toothpaste into a cup. Oh, one thing that drives me nuts, is that she asks for a snack and then takes one bite and changes her mind! Also, both of my daughters are constantly collecting rocks and sticks and dried leaves outside and bringing them home. My youngest also races down the sidewalk with her doll stroller (she's so fast!) and I'm always on edge that she'll run someone over. Of course she does plenty of lovely, adorable things too!

Mysteryrobin! LOL!!

This is a funny thread. :)
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Kell on March 02, 2012, 07:03 PM
Robin, those sound a lot like my toddler (well, not the peeing in my Uggs. If she were a boy, she probably would).
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Tammi on March 02, 2012, 07:47 PM
When my daughter was 3, she peed in the vent because she didn't want to miss a minute of Blues Clues.

The Time Out spot in our house was the laundry room. Once, when I went in to get my daughter after her time out, I found her putting powdered detergent in my Doc Martins.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: idahowriter on March 02, 2012, 07:52 PM
Jody, jody, JODY, jody, JOdy, JODy, Jody, jody, JODY...well, you get the idea.  Kids that age keep repeating your name until you pay attention.  Then the can't understand why you're frustrated.   :whiteflag:
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Michelle J. on March 02, 2012, 08:08 PM
Always asking "why" and then when you give a reason asking "why" as to the reason.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Whizbee on March 02, 2012, 09:25 PM
Wow, it's so nice to know that my kid is normal! And I mean that sincerely.

How about this one: telling other people something embarrassing you've said. Once I came home after being at work all day and my 3yo said, "Daddy says: Everyday I clean the house! EVERY DAY!!" I looked at my husband and was like, Oh really??

Actually that habit ends up being entertaining as often as annoying/embarrassing!

How about waking you up in alarming ways? When my son was two, I awoke in the middle of the night when I heard him say, "Mama's eyes... I poke 'em." Once he tiptoed in and shouted at the top of his lungs and then was very proud of himself for surprising me awake.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: AmyD on March 02, 2012, 09:58 PM
I just want to say how funny this thread is. I have four kids ages 3, 5, 7 and 9...so I can relate. My favorites so far are Olmue's crayon snapping, and Whizbee's, "Mama's eyes...I poke 'em"  :)

The things my 3yo does right now that annoy me most are taking every single DVD off of the shelf every single day, and deciding to hang on my leg when we are trying to get somewhere.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Stephanie Ruble on March 02, 2012, 10:16 PM
8. Having tantrums in REALLY inopportune moments--like when you're getting out of a train and you find there's riot police lining every platform, and your 4YO decides to throw a massive, glass-shattering fit, in English, and you are in another country and are having bad flashbacks to the von Trapp family trying to escape silently over the Alps before the Nazis catch them

Rose, I'm sure this was a very BAD situation at the time, but it's hilarious to read! Thanks for sharing. BTW, you did get over the Alps safely, right? Also, that scene would be great in a book.

Wish I had more to add to the list, but I don't have children. Thanks to everyone for sharing! It helps when you write PBs and don't have little ones.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: JulieM on March 03, 2012, 12:16 AM
Walking to a nearby park, having fun there, and going on strike on the way back - "doesn't want to". Having to carry heavy, struggling, screaming child home. Child promises not to do that again when next asking to go to the park. Walking to the park...you can guess the rest.

Ah, this thread takes me back.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: angela on March 03, 2012, 04:48 AM
Asking what? even when they hear you (so I started saying "what do you think I said?")

Asking why but not folliwng your response
my dtr at 3 when I told her she has to ask an owner and me before she pets a dog -why?
Me - we have to be sure he won't bite you
my daughter as we walk into the vet 2 minutes later --- runs up to first dog she sees, puts an hand on each side of his head, gets in his face "bite me! bite me!"

She's now 15 and very mature (and wants to be a vet)

putting stuff in weird places (i.e. filling my shoes with cookies, throwing away anything of mine that seems old (my mother did that too), putting their toys in the dishwasher

telling people the most embarrassing things

just testing the limits ... so normal...but always at the worst times...out in public...when we're running late...when we're around new people...

Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: JodyJS on March 03, 2012, 05:03 AM
These are hilarious, everyone!  Thanks so much for playing.

I'll add another.  An employee of mine and his wife were over for dinner one night.  My 18-month old took a slice of baloney off her high chair and flung it across the living room like a frisbee.

Keep em coming!  It's cathartic, don't you think?
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: amberlough on March 03, 2012, 05:36 AM
These are hilarious. I love the poking mama's eyes and von Trapp comments, especially. (I think those things too.) My kids must be more normal than I'd thought.

--I just love it when my 3 y.o. son wants me to sit beside him while he poops on the toilet and my 5 y.o. daughter NEEDS me to be with HER and they scream at each other, both NEEDING me, and I have a headache and a cold and haven't woken up yet.
--Also: peeing in his bed b/c he decided to take his diaper off in the middle of then night.
--It's 11 p.m. and there's a noise in their bedroom. I go in and my son (3 y.o.!!!) is in the closet, sitting in a bucket, with a flashlight in his mouth and digging through his toys.
--having both kids in our bed at the same time, being squished, and then the cat comes in and lays down on my chest/neck/head.
--the SHRIEKING.
--the WHINING
--the fights over mommy's lap


I could go on for a day and a half here. But really, I love my kids. Right now they're on the couch with me, we're all watching The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, and my daughter is whining because she wants to use my computer to play games and doesn't understand why I am on my computer. High-pitched whiny voice: I wanna play a game on that. My son is lying on his back playing with a piece of his Millennium Falcon toy and watching the Cat on TV. This is an especially peaceful moment!

Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: amberlough on March 03, 2012, 05:38 AM
 ::)
 :cheerleader :snowman :sled: :flower :love :bunnyrun :rainbow :mermaid


(I gave in to my daughter. she wanted to click the pictures.)
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: DianaM on March 03, 2012, 05:53 AM
Quote
8. Having tantrums in REALLY inopportune moments--like when you're getting out of a train and you find there's riot police lining every platform, and your 4YO decides to throw a massive, glass-shattering fit, in English, and you are in another country and are having bad flashbacks to the von Trapp family trying to escape silently over the Alps before the Nazis catch them
Sounds so horrible, but assuming everything worked out okay... :dr

amberlough -- My daughter likes to play the "Which one is your favorite?" game with those.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Helen on March 03, 2012, 06:12 AM
One word repeated over and over..."NO!"  This later became "WHY?"  But there were so many endearing things. Having a little one slows down time. I saw flowers through my daughters eyes, and they were wondrous. Ice cream was an adventure, and roly-polies were playmates.   In May my first grandchild will be born. I am going to revel in it!  For it all passes so fast.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: olmue on March 03, 2012, 07:31 AM
This thread has me cracking up. I don't think my 3YO (who yes, also wants me to sit next to him in the bathroom while he poops) quite gets the humor in what I'm laughing about. I'm so glad I'm not the only one! And yes, it's very cathartic!

We got over the Alps, but then we found out the terrible lie in The Sound of Music--"over the Alps" from Salzburg leads you straight back into Germany, right where Hitler camped (check an atlas, it's true!!)

Adding to the list: children reading over your shoulder when you're posting on Verla's, or trying to write. It's like your internal editor has grown arms and legs.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Ruth Donnelly on March 03, 2012, 08:44 AM
Asking what? even when they hear you (so I started saying "what do you think I said?")


putting stuff in weird places (i.e. filling my shoes with cookies, throwing away anything of mine that seems old (my mother did that too), putting their toys in the dishwasher



Oh, this thread takes me back. My kids totally did the "stuff in weird places"... crackers in the disc drive, rocks and grass in the mailbox, (fill-in-the-blank) in the toilet ... you name it.

Also, as someone else said, falling in love with bits of nature (grass, rocks, big and little sticks, twigs, leaves, worms ...) and insisting on bringing them inside.

Getting up repeatedly after being put to bed. One son, age 3, peeked into the living room (where hubby and I were about to have some well-deserved ice cream) and said, very conspiratorially, "I see you have SPOONS."

And the embarrassing things they say! Same son was pestering me while I was on the phone. I handed him a cup from the table and asked him to get me some water, b/c I knew he would enjoy doing that and would leave me alone for a second. He returned, handed me a cup full to the brim, and announced loudly enough to be heard by the caller, "I filled it all the way up 'cuz I know YOU LIKE TO DRINK A LOT."
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: ChrisLH on March 03, 2012, 09:17 AM
-Kicking the back of your seat while you're stuck in traffic. Over. and over. and over.
-Dropping a quarter on somebody's head when you're sitting in the church balcony. Followed by another.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Michelle J. on March 03, 2012, 10:05 AM
Crayons down the radiator!
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: JennaWren on March 03, 2012, 11:19 AM
OMG, these are hilarious!

* Singing the same line from the WORLD'S MOST ANNOYING SONG over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.......

* My 5yo likes to fill random containers (shoebox, pot, bucket, a shoe) with random unrelated things (the remote control, the coasters, magnets, crayons) and we can't ever find stuff

* Perhaps the most annoying thing my kids do -- steal my pads of paper/notebooks from my desk or near the computer and fill up EVERY SINGLE PAGE with drawings. Or lines. Or words. Then I either have nothing to write on OR I can't find my notes. Grr.

* Not only taking every DVD off the shelves, but taking the discs themselves out and strewing them everywhere OR putting them back in the wrong cases.

* 5yo also likes to put stuff in random places -- fridge, pots, drawers -- which is more funny, because I never know what I might find when I'm cooking. "Well hello, shoe in my soup pot!"
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: AnneB on March 03, 2012, 12:36 PM
We got over the Alps, but then we found out the terrible lie in The Sound of Music--"over the Alps" from Salzburg leads you straight back into Germany, right where Hitler camped (check an atlas, it's true!!)


<Digression>I live in a household where cinema--not sports--is the Male Bonding Experience of choice, and I've been told that the trek over the Alps was dramatic license, like the fistfight in the lunar module in Apollo 13 and the Eliot Ness/Frank Nitti fight on top of the federal courthouse in Scarface: the von Trapps actually exited via train. I understand, but it still offends my inner journalist. If the story's fiction it's one thing, but these are real people...</Digression>

Loving this thread. It brings back many wonderful memories...!

Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Liz Straw on March 03, 2012, 12:45 PM
 :paperbag OH. MY. GOSH. None of you described anything I ever did between those ages.  When we lived in NJ we lived in an apartment building that had basement apartments, as 3 and 4 YOs we never really understood that someone lived down there where the deep window wells were (we lived both on the second floor (three kids were too loud for first floor neighbors) and the first floor.  We thought the window wells were great places too do all sorts of things - peeing. dropping anything we didn't like just to see it drop.  When we had an apartment wide cookout they gave the adults hamburgers and the kids hot dogs - I never ate hot dogs, so my mom came over to see what I did with the hot dog, there were three or four of us kicking our heels against the inside of the window well and I opened my bun and pointed down.  I do believe her face turned red.

When we moved back to Indiana we lived in a house with a monstrous coal furnace and wonderfully big vents.  We dropped marbles from the second floor so you could hear them roll all the way down to the basement and loved to watch crayons melt.  We never figured out how our parents knew. (If we could hear and smell them, how could our parents?)

As to the Why question.  My mother gave the most creative answers in the world and soon had us out the door and playing again.  It wasn't until we were outside again that we would stop and wonder about her answer, but figured out that it was better not to go in and ask again.  
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Liz Straw on March 03, 2012, 12:50 PM


<Digression>I live in a household where cinema--not sports--is the Male Bonding Experience of choice, and I've been told that the trek over the Alps was dramatic license, like the fistfight in the lunar module in Apollo 13 and the Eliot Ness/Frank Nitti fight on top of the federal courthouse in Scarface: the von Trapps actually exited via train. I understand, but it still offends my inner journalist. If the story's fiction it's one thing, but these are real people...</Digression>

Loving this thread. It brings back many wonderful memories...!



While there are many parts of the movie I like, after I read the book, the movie is almost completely made up out of air from real facts, just not in the right time frame.  This is one of those cases where the songs are great, but the book is way better.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: rcpjallen on March 03, 2012, 12:51 PM
Nose picking while someone's saying how adorable they are.  Then staring at what they've got on their finger, only to wipe it on their clothing, or worse...  Sigh.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Liz Straw on March 03, 2012, 12:56 PM
Spitting their gum, candy, food out and handing it too you in strange places like you'll know what to do with it.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Asnodgrass on March 03, 2012, 01:08 PM
Wanting to sit on your lap while you are trying to do your "business"

Wanting you to watch them pee

Mimicking their little sister who says shirt without the r and fork with the or replaced by the letter u (of course totally innocent because they don't know what they are saying but there's the fear they think it's funny to say at their PreK or in Sunday school)

Saying "Do it" and taking forever to buckle their carseat or their high chair (I've decided whoever came up with the phrase Just do it had a toddler at the time.  :dr )

Going around and dumping all of the toys out of containers you just organized and moving on to dump more stuff

Taking all the laundry you just folded and tossing it around the floor

Throwing their food on the floor

When my little guy kickcs the back of the seat in the car, we take his shoes off as a consequence (It saves the back of seat from getting as beat up.)

It's been a blast reading everyone's list. I think peeing in the Uggs was one of my faves, along with the crayons, and the train station episode.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Asnodgrass on March 03, 2012, 01:30 PM
Just caught son trying to take off daughter's shoes because she was kicking  :dr
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: LeslieG on March 03, 2012, 01:50 PM
 :lmao  This thread is the best!  We can only wonder at the fact that after all this (or maybe even because of all this?), we still want to write for the little rascals.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: MysteryRobin on March 03, 2012, 04:54 PM
Pulling their pants down and talking with their butt... in sister's speech therapy.  :mooning Guess which parent they learned that from. *hint... it wasn't me*
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: CarrieF on March 03, 2012, 05:53 PM
OK, here's another one. My son did this mostly around age 4. He would empty everything out of the containers into which we'd carefully stored his toys, and decide to use the containers for other things. This left huge messes all over the house. For example, he'd dump all the toys out of the storage bins and make a puppet show stage out of them. Or he would decide to keep his money in his Lego bin, and for that reason scatter Legos all over his room, with no place to put them. FRUSTRATING!
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: olmue on March 03, 2012, 06:35 PM
EFC, my son does that. ARGH!!!

Another thing I've heard of is throwing shoes out the window. One little girl I met would toss her shoes out the window while they were driving because she didn't like them, didn't want them on, liked to watch them flip past down the highway?? It drove the mom CRAZY. She had to put her daughter in the car barefoot and then put her shoes and socks back on every time they stopped at a new store.

Another fun thing can be in stores. When I was that age, my mom liked to go to this bulk fabric store. Fabulous place--it was an old building in New Jersey, the kind that you imagine those industrial revolution sweatshops were in, with LOUD wooden floors. We'd run up and down, thrilling in the echo of our feet stomping on the floor, and then peer down the long cardboard tubes holding the fabric and SCREAM to each other. So fun!! Come to think of it, though, it might have contributed to my mom's eventual coronary issues...

Thinking of this fun event, I made a point to put my own kids in the cart where they couldn't pull the same tricks when I went into the craft store. Except one day, they both leaned the same direction to look at spools of thread, and managed to flip the whole cart over. (The cart being a little craft store one.) They were fine, just scared--with accompanying screaming, of course. The cashier I think was so worried I was going to sue that she picked one up and started praying--loudly--for their well-being. It was a long, long, LONG time before I dared show my face in that store again...

Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Asnodgrass on March 03, 2012, 07:16 PM
Rose - I laughed out loud after reading your craft store anecdote.  :dr
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Ruth Donnelly on March 03, 2012, 07:56 PM
4-year-old from down the street (in a very self-righteous tone, upon noticing a small hole in our bedroom wall): "Ohhm ... did Paul make a hole in the wall with a butter knife?"

Me: "No. He used a screwdriver."
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Helen on March 04, 2012, 06:04 AM
My youngest daughter peeled the backing off a entire package of Kotex and plastered her bedroom wall right before my in-laws visited....I removed them at record speed while she wailed.  I predicted then that  she would  be an avant-garde artist someday. And, yes, she really is an artist constantly drawing and painting with a goal of a graphic design degree.   
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: BrendanP on March 04, 2012, 07:22 AM
I love waking up to such wonderful reading, my sides hurt from laughing so hard. :applause  Sitting beside my son while he poops on the toilet is great bonding time and turning over his dinner plate and squishing all the food on the table shows how much he appreciates my cooking. :dr
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: MaryWitzl on March 04, 2012, 10:15 AM
All of these comments are fantastic -- just what I need to read as our last kid decides which university she wants to attend.

This one:

Nose picking while someone's saying how adorable they are.  Then staring at what they've got on their finger, only to wipe it on their clothing, or worse...  Sigh.
   

Yes! Mine did that too!

How about kids who sleep walk on the way to the toilet, leaking every inch of the way? We slept on the floor and our oldest daughter would often stagger into our room and circle around and around -- after having been to every single room in our house. Nothing like scrubbing your entire house at 4 in the morning.  

Also:

1 biting the pediatrician's wall, really taking a chunk out of the plaster -- (seriously, she did it -- I have witnesses)

2 putting foodstuffs into the CD slot

3 finding racy black lace joke underwear (from my cousin) and wearing it on her head to answer the door when our friend (and former boss) came to visit

4 using sanitary napkin as neck brace when friends came over -- (glad to read scribblegirl's post!)

5 telling sister-in-law her stew 'tasted like cat food' -- which begs the question where she ate that

6 wearing my best shoes to take out the garbage after heavy rain

7 removing coat, mittens, socks, hat, etc., and throwing them away -- after which we'd get approached by little old ladies who asked her why her mommy was letting her freeze to death

8  asking kindly lady next door who'd given us fruit for MORE FRUIT every single time we saw her after that

9 pulling the hair of scary yakuza-type man in coffee shop, over the back of the booth

10 stealing ornaments from bathroom and giving them to friend, then blaming younger sister (who could not speak yet)

...and I could go on.  
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: maxi on March 04, 2012, 12:51 PM
teeheeheee! These are brilliant! I have a 4 year old (and a 12 year old) so I can totally relate!

Here's a few of mine:

- You're running late and your toddler decides (as you're pulling his trousers on) that he wants to take his top off because you 'put the wrong arm in first'. Then as you're getting his top back on, he's taking his socks off as they're on the wrong feet...

- Deciding that the bath isn't bubbly enough, empties the most expensive liquid he can find into the bath.

- Tantrum because you forgot that he'd changed his name to 'Indiana Jones'. Another tantrum because he changed it again to 'Puss in Boots'...

- Telling the ultra slim and sexy shop girl at Gap that 'I'm ten stone like my mum' in a really loud voice...

- Closing his eyes in sheer contempt when a kindly old lady tries to tell him he's a 'lovely child'...

- Drawing eggs all over my sketchbooks and roughs...

- Sneaking up behind me when I'm trying to listen to neighbours crossed words outside (on the sly) and shouting 'Mum, what are you doing? Why are you hiding?' really loud.

- Dropping coins in the Dyson (through those little slots in the top).



Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Liz Straw on March 04, 2012, 03:13 PM
How about putting shoes on the child who either arches their foot so you can't put it on or let's their foot go completely boneless and refuses to help you put it on.  This never happens when you are in a hurry. 

I do have to admit, I am one of those people who look at shoes on the highway and wonder how they got there. Children's shoes, I figure out easier than adult shoes, especially when you see only one.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: ChrisLH on March 04, 2012, 06:13 PM
I traded war stories with another parent this morning and he...

...discovered his toddler standing in the toilet.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Rachel on March 05, 2012, 05:41 AM
I don't have kids, but a few stories from when my husband was that age:

Peeing in the fridge in the middle of the night (couldn't make it to the bathroom, apparently).

Took his plastic robot toy someone brought him from America (no one else had anything like it) and set it on fire on his brother's bed.


And one from work:

Drawing on computer monitors with pen/pencil/sharpie.



Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: mariwho on March 05, 2012, 06:02 AM
Last week my 3 yr. old told the pediatrician he had a big butt.

I was mortified. She has no filter.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: CaroleB on March 05, 2012, 06:20 AM

  I remember sitting in church when I was about 5, staring at a fly on the bald headed man in front of us. I smacked it. Missed the fly.  :shrug: Then I got smacked.  :mosquito

 
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: amberlough on March 05, 2012, 08:36 AM
Love this thread.

This weekend, my daughter ate an orange. Then, when no one was looking, she went outside, pushed aside the snow, dug up a bunch of dirt (mud, really) and filled up several drinking glasses with the dirt. She came back in, planted her orange seeds, and declared we would have plants soon.

(Why weren't we watching her? I was napping b/c I was sick, and my husband was on duty. Need I say more?)
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: JodyJS on March 05, 2012, 10:27 AM
I love all these stories!  Thanks for playing, everyone.

Jody
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: read lisa scott on March 05, 2012, 10:39 AM
I looooooved watching the same favorite DVDs over and over and over again.  And I looooooved when my son and daughter both had their favorite lovies that inevitably got lost or misplaced and they couldn't sleep without them, which launched a massive search of the house/yard/car before bedtime.  I also loved when they wandered out of bed and couldn't sleep and it was just easier to pull them into bed with you.  (Actually, I did love that. :)  Realistic drawings are great, too.  Like how my daughter was sure to include dark roots when she colored my blonde hair in her mother's day card.  Awesome. 
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Amy S on March 05, 2012, 01:20 PM
This thread  :hairdude

My boys are now tween and teen, so they have different annoying habits.

As toddler's younger one had no fear and refused to talk. So one minute he would be playing fine in the park, and the next second he was gone. He'd find something interesting -- like a storm drain -- and go. You could not take your eyes off of him. (Older son was very verbal, so he told me "I'm going to jump out the window." and I had a chance to say no and take his hand.)

Older son would repeat any interesting word for a long time. We were at a zoo where the tortoises were climbing on top of each other. Granddaddy: what do you think they're doing? Husband: Um, Dad, they're copulating  Son: COP-U-LAT-ING, COP-U-LAT-ING, COP-U-LAT-ING ...(several hours of chanting, thankfully he stopped before he went back to nursery school the next day).

Thank you for posting.
amy
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Pons on March 05, 2012, 01:52 PM
Teaching your younger sibling how to climb out of the crib.

And at five, my kids all started making up their own jokes. They were endless and, of course, not funny at all, but we had to sit there and listen and laugh or they were terribly hurt.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: JennaWren on March 05, 2012, 01:55 PM
In the worst annoying voice possible:

"Mommy, I'm HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mommy, I'm HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mommy, I'm HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mommy, I'm HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mommy, I'm HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mommy, I'm HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mommy, I'm HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mommy, I'm HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

 :gaah

Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Ruth Donnelly on March 05, 2012, 02:17 PM
  I remember sitting in church when I was about 5, staring at a fly on the bald headed man in front of us. I smacked it. Missed the fly. 

This one made me laugh out loud!  :)
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: CarrieF on March 19, 2012, 06:49 PM
Another one:

Just today, my daughter (just turned 3) smeared blueberry yogurt all over the kitchen counter where she was eating. I come rushing in from the dining room to grab a paper towel to clean up the mess before it gets worse. As I'm racing across the kitchen with the towel, she rubs her hand in the yogurt, then wipes it on her shirt.

I strip her down and send her to her room. ("Why did you take my clothes off?")

Two minutes later "Mom, I have to pee." I tell her to go ahead, but a minute later I get suspicious and rush up the stairs. She's in the bathroom, trying to pee standing up.

Lucky for her it was a nice day out today and I was in a good mood...

Carrie
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Kurtis on March 19, 2012, 07:20 PM
Ah, I have so much to look forward to!

My 1 1/2 year old climbs up on the furniture, falls, cries, then climbs back up.

Outside he bolts straight for the street. Wherever he is, he has an uncanny sense of where the street is and runs for it.

Refusing to eat until you give up, then crying for food.

Fighting & kicking when being sat down in a stroller, car seat, or high chair.

Obsessing on anything with buttons.

Crying if he can't have whatever it is he sees and wants.

(FTR, just answering the question -- lots more joy than frustration. Love that boy.)
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: JodyJS on March 20, 2012, 04:56 AM
Kurtis, I know what you mean about loving your child despite the annoying behaviors.  We probably all feel a little self-conscious revealing our irritation with the people we love most in the entire world.  But it's nice to know we're not alone, eh?  I appreciate your help with my research!
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: olmue on March 20, 2012, 06:54 AM
If it makes people feel any better, my kids who are not those ages anymore LOVE to hear stories about when they did irritating or nonsensical things when they were small. "Tell us again about when X broke all his crayons and then wanted you to glue them back together...or when he spilled his milk and tried to sip it off the floor because he wanted that milk and ONLY that milk."  Etc.

Some day, it can be funny for all involved, even if it isn't now...
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Liz Straw on March 20, 2012, 02:54 PM
When my younger brother was age 2 and we were at an aunt and uncle's lake cottage.  He had this uncanny knack for knowing when my parents weren't looking and would take off running down the pier and jump of the end. My mother would take off running after him yelling his entire name and he laughed all the way.  I have a faint memory of him doing this, what I do not remember is that their were teenagers on the end of the pier who pulled him out of the water.  He thought it was a blast and I think the teenagers thought it was pretty funny at the time.  He was very chubby at the time and had this gold "speedo like" swimsuit on. 

I might add he never lost this tendency to run off the end of piers at full speed.  When he was 8 he still did it without great swimming skills and I was the one who would drag his sorry skin back to shallow water.   
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: cyn2write on March 21, 2012, 05:00 AM
Worse than saying NO constantly, my 2yo alternates NO with YES, causing you to do a little back-and-forth dance between taking something out and putting it away. She also has to go to potty immediately after being put in bed, no matter when she went the last time, even if it was 2 second before. When she goes, she sits there forever, leans back and crosses her legs at the ankle, like she's at a spa.

She also constantly brings up traumatic events of her life, with great emotion, as if they just happened.  "I threw up!"  Me, looking around: "Where?"  Her: "In church."  Me: "But that was three months ago."

My 5yo often attempts to bite her toenails. She also can not hear you telling her to clean her room when you're standing 2 inches from her, waving things in her face, yet she can hear the word "dessert" clear across the neighborhood.

She is also very good at telling stories about her day at school that create more questions than they answer. Her:  "I wanted to do it but I was unconscious."  Me: "WHAT!"  A few minutes pass.  "Oh, do you mean self-conscious?"

Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: JennaWren on March 21, 2012, 05:12 AM
She also can not hear you telling her to clean her room when you're standing 2 inches from her, waving things in her face, yet she can hear the word "dessert" clear across the neighborhood.


All my kids do this (10, 9, almost 7, almost 6). Instead of calling for them, I call out CHOCOLATE! ICE CREAM! COOKIES!  Works every time.  :)
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: DianaM on March 21, 2012, 07:22 PM

Older son would repeat any interesting word for a long time. We were at a zoo where the tortoises were climbing on top of each other. Granddaddy: what do you think they're doing? Husband: Um, Dad, they're copulating  Son: COP-U-LAT-ING, COP-U-LAT-ING, COP-U-LAT-ING ...(several hours of chanting, thankfully he stopped before he went back to nursery school the next day).

:dr It's hard when they do something funny but inappropriate so you can't laugh because you know it will only encourage them.


Pons -- My three-year-old also tells endless, unfunny jokes. I find their unfunniness amusing, though. When my now six-year-old was younger, she went through a phase where every joke went something like this, "How did the truck open the door? With its wheels!! Get it?" Absolutely every joke involved some sort of vehicle opening something with its wheels.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Pons on March 22, 2012, 12:31 PM
My children's jokes were never this endearingly short. They went on and on with lots of stops and restarts. After a while, they lost their appeal - the jokes, not the children.  :)
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Liz Straw on March 23, 2012, 04:04 PM

She is also very good at telling stories about her day at school that create more questions than they answer. Her:  "I wanted to do it but I was unconscious."  Me: "WHAT!"  A few minutes pass.  "Oh, do you mean self-conscious?"


This made my day! LOL
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: olmue on March 27, 2012, 07:17 AM
How about lying on the floor and wailing that they're "stuck" and they "can't get up"--and not being distracted from that self-made tantrum for anything?

Or insisting that they are freeeeeeeeeezing because they've put their pajamas in the laundry and haven't gotten dressed yet. And they're standing right next to their clothes drawers and insisting it's impossible to reach out, pick up clothes, and put them on? And it's ALL YOUR FAULT.

Not that this has EVER happened at my house. No, that toddler wailing sound you're hearing right now MUST be a hallucination on your part...
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: JodyJS on March 27, 2012, 07:45 AM
 :dr, olmue!  This too shall pass.   :taz:
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: RaeE on March 27, 2012, 07:51 AM
Oh, Olmue . . . We are right there with you. An unnamed toddler just spent the first half of a lovely walk screaming that she wanted to go home "RIGHT NOW!" She spent the second half screaming that she DIDN'T WANT TO GO HOME. EVER!

*Sigh*

Here's what I will be doing as soon as she is distracted. :chocolate:

Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Liz Straw on March 27, 2012, 01:58 PM
I knew of a kindergartner that had to wear the same shirt to school every day.  Which meat mom had to sneak into his room when he was asleep and wash it every night.  He did not agree to the washing.  Nope, it was okay to wear it dirty.  Didn't want anyone to touch this shirt except for him.

I do not remember how long this went on, but there was great celebrating when said child decided he could wear different shirts to school.
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: olmue on March 27, 2012, 03:02 PM
So sorry, RaeE! Hopefully she didn't insist on bringing her tricycle and making you carry it home for her, too. That seems to be how those walks work.

Liz, I think I have that kid. We had to buy identical "ladybug" shirts (black and red with bold stripes) for let's see...five years?
Title: Re: Irritating behaviors of kids ages 2-5
Post by: Liz Straw on March 28, 2012, 02:26 PM

Liz, I think I have that kid. We had to buy identical "ladybug" shirts (black and red with bold stripes) for let's see...five years?

I figured there had to be more than one of these kids out there.  LOL