We have hit that stage. Everything is "MINE!" said with such conviction. Not surprisingly, Quinn started this one first. It usually comes out as myyyyyyyy! and is often yelled. If Teagan even looks in the direction of a toy, Quinn promptly claims it as her own. Teagan is no angel though. She has quickly picked up on this. It usually turns into a battle of wills with two toddlers yelling "myyyy!" at one another.
Quinn has also started using no a lot more. I knew that one was only a matter of time. What makes it quite amusing is that she never says a simple no, she usually has to shake her head and say no, no, no. But, did you also know that no means yes and yes means no and sometimes no and yes can actually be the same thing? I didn't, until recently.
In other news, Teagan has started bullying random children when we are out. For some reason, she has her defenses up and wallop or grab another child for absolutely no reason. While playing in one of those small Ikea tents at an indoor playground this morning, another little girl walked in only to be taken down by the wrath of Teagan. T took this little girl's cheek in her fingers and pinched with all of her might. The little girl's mother grabbed her crying daughter quickly. I apologized to the little girl and told Teagan that we don't pinch and asked her to show me gentle. I've read that you aren't supposed to punish an aggressive behaviour like that, and should instead promptly tell the child that "we don't do ___" and remind them how to be gentle. Aggressive behaviours should not be dealt with aggressively. If you have had a child who has done something similar, what did you do?
Parenting ain't for the faint of heart...