Why must my children confuse me so?
Just when my wife and I thought we had this parenting thing down we decided to have #2. And with that decision all the rules apparently changed.
A few examples:
#1 LOVES art and drawing (always within the lines). We have to bribe #2 to scribble on a piece of paper
#1 is generally careful and gentle with all his toys (most were re-used for #2). #2 destroys everything he touches within minutes of finding it (books, toys, blinds, furniture)
#1 is a thinker, an analyst. #2 prefers action without thought.
#2 is frighteningly athletic. #1 has a few coordination issues.....
#1 never needed punishment; reasoning always worked instead of time outs. We've tried just about everything, but still don't know how to deal with #2....
#1 is the pickiest eater on the face of the Earth. #2 will eat anything (as long as it's not green)
#1 loves fruits and veggies;protein is a bit more challenging. Reverse for #2
#1 likes to sleep with the door open. #2 likes it closed.
Sigh... the screaming in the background tells me I should go check to see what's going on in the other room. Yup. This is why we react with horror when people ask if we have a #3 - 2 is definitely enough. :)