In this abnormally warm October, there are phenomena such as bioluminescence in the waves of our beaches, babies that no longer need to be held by their momma every waking second, and toddlers with quivering lips. And those quivering lips are not due to the weather since it's warm. No - they quiver due to another phenomena known as the toddler terrible-twos. In the height of "parental tough love" where any scream or shrill shall go ignored, toddlers will grasp at any tactic to get parental attention.
"Milk! Milk!!!" No - you just finished two cups, I know you don't really want milk. *Cries, shrills, and wails follow.
"Mine! Mine! Mine!" No - this Ipad is not yours, it's mine and I'm not going to give it to you simply so that you can lunge it accross the room. *Shrill, shrill, wail, wail.
"Outside, weeeee!" No - we've already played outside for an hour and I can't with your little brother. Cry and shrill. "No Brother!!!!"
Shrill, cry, scream, shrill again. No parental attention. Time to employ the quivering lip. "Mama! Mama! MAMA!!!!!!" quiver, quiver.
And the charade lasts for 15 long minutes until the sleep takes over.
What I wouldn't give to be swimming under the illuminated current and hearing the soothing sounds of the waves instead of these tantrums! - Shirley