There needs to be a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders diagnostic code for the psychotic state that is toddlerhood, I think.
Seriously. Toddlers are some of the most rapidly cycling, labile, and quite frankly DELUSIONAL individual people on the planet. Teenagers run a close second.
I have both in my household.
I also consume alcohol.
There may be a correlation. Or causation. Just sayin'.
Back to toddlerhood...they have some of the most firmly held beliefs in recorded and non-recorded history. Ever try changing a toddler's mind about wearing a coat? Eating dinner? Not playing in traffic? They hold onto their delusional beliefs with a steadfastness that cult leaders should study and try to perfect. So do teenagers, but the bad part is they can argue back and aren't easily manhandled into doing what you want. I can't exactly hold Elizabeth down and shove her into a coat. Though I imagine it would be entertaining to a lot of people should I try. I might also make the news for my 15 minutes...
I have been trying to change Charlie's mind about calling me Mommy. It is too goddamned big for her to do this. I am Mama and she is my baby. End of story. I was trying to get her to call me Mama instead and she just looks at me like I am smoking crack and goes about her day.
I tried to push the issue with her. I told her, "Mommy is not an option here. I am Mama. You call me Mama and you are my baby."
She looked me directly in the eye and goes, "OK, Dada." Then giggled.
Pass the martinis....