NOBODY LIKES TO PICK A FIGHT WITH A TODDLER...
...and if you have one in your house at the moment, you know why. They are the most bull-headed creatures ever gracing the Earth, and I'm not kidding here. Often no amount of reasoning is able to bend their one track minds. Take Miss E for example. At three years old (the terrible, terrible three, I tell you, not two), she is so set on the ritual of pouring her water from once cup to the other before rinsing her mouth after brushing her teeth that she practically exploded when I told her that we shouldn't do that before the (ever) late school run. Waitaminute. May be I should turn that into a comic strip as well and shove it under her nose when her toddler behaves the same way in the future *evil cackles*.
On a lighter note, I also notice that she would actually still do what we want her to do even after she has said no vehemently. Funny, right? I tell you, toddlers all over the world, you guys really should sort out your priorities (despite that, no complaint here. Definitely prefer her doing my bid than not doing it altogether).
The title of this article sounds like a How-to article, but the truth is, I think we can all agree that toddlers are one of the biggest life's mystery. We never know what's going on in their mind. Having said that, you can actually pick your fight, though. Assess your situation. Are they/you:
- late going somewhere?
- in a danger or might be in danger?
- Is their choice potentially ruining their personality?
And if you say no to all of them, by all means, indulge yourself, save yourself from a big tantrum and let them do what they want. Because, believe me, your answer will mostly be yes to any of the question. And it's always good to remember: what doesn't kill them only makes them stronger. Also, hugs work (most of the time).
Anyway, it's been 2 WHOLE MONTHS *gasp!!!*ever since I truly publish anything. I'm so so sorry for making you guys wait that long. A lot of things happened (mostly mummy and wife duty), and by the time it was 10 pm I found it hard to find the will to draw. Lame excuse :P. But art-wise, I'm quite proud of this comic strip. This is probably one of the hardest I drew at 7 panels, especially because it involved quite a lot of perspective drawing. But love the green chair and the blocks. Took me a solid 3-hour work to study the chair drawing itself at the beginning. All in all, it's a great learning process.
As for the story itself, I found that at times I may want to brag about my little girl a little too much to close friends and relative. So I should have seen this coming. But what mum doesn't find herself bragging about their children, albeit very privately and off Facebook? I'm definitely guilty of bragging, although I try to keep it at a minimum, and certainly not to strangers or people I've just known.