I picked Maggie up at her childminder’s and she greeted me with a huge grin and ran over to the door shouting, ‘Mummy, my Mummy’ in a way that would break a Ma’s heart. But within thirty seconds she was refusing to put on her coat, screamed, straightened her back and lay on the ground to have a tantrum, as she is wont to do these days. Instead, I picked her up to prevent said-tantrum and she pulled my hair and hit me across the face!
Dear Lord, that was a first I can tell you. I don’t know who was more shocked – me or the poor childminder who only sees the best side of Maggie and has never yet heard her complain. I couldn’t believe she had actually yanked my hair! I didn’t know what to do so hastily bundled her into the car and almost as soon as it started it was over.
‘Toddler Taming’ by Dr Christopher Green arrived in the post.
I will of course, dear reader, let you know what it is like in due course. Let’s hope there is a chapter on the Terrible Pre-twos and that it tells me that I’m lucky because we are getting it out of the way early. And that it won’t last. And that of course we haven’t done anything wrong.