Gentle Parenting Resources Award-winning author, L. You with the obsession with brushing teeth and bedtimes and matching clothes, toddler parenting magazine already! Yes, I am an actual separate person from you. Remember that whole cutting of the umbilical cord thing?

I’m tired or not or what I want to wear? And you, the one who thinks carrots and kale are food. You have all kinds of opinions about what tastes good and what doesn’t, but I’m not allowed to have any? Okay, so maybe I don’t know everything yet, but how am I going to learn if you just force these issues instead of communicating with me about things? You keep going on and on and ooooon about wanting me to listen.

Would you just listen to me? You do know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result, right? I learn from what you do, not just what you say. Want me to learn to listen?

Listen and respond to my cries when I’m a baby. Listen and reply to my babbling attempts at talking when I’m a toddler. Listen to my whining and respond patiently when I’m a preschooler. I’m stomping on, before I have a meltdown. It’s my last-ditch effort to hold on to the tiny bit of self-control I’ve learned so far in my short life! Show me that you respect my personal space by explaining the things you’re doing to me like changing my diaper or strapping me into a carseat. Yes, I can and do hear you!