But who’s counting? Life’s about to get even more interesting for Anthony and Ottavia Bourdain because daughter Ariane turns “Terrible 2” today. I don’t know if they’re throwing her a party, but a combo-bash to celebrate Ariane’s birthday and their wedding anniversary later this month would be nice.
Tony once revealed when Ariane was about 18 months old that she was showing a preference for sour and salty things like olives and capers, so a conventional gooey-sweet birthday cake might be wasted on her.
Not having children myself, I wouldn’t know what to expect from a 2-year-old, so I found this interesting prognostication and tips at Kids Growth. It’s edited here for length and relevance, but the heading alone says volumes:
The 2-year-old is difficult, if not impossible, to reason with, but still extremely lovable. She will assert independence at mealtime, bedtime, and during attempts at toilet training. Two-year-olds typically do not know what they want, except they are sure they do not want to do what you want them to do. She will struggle before going into the bathtub, then once in the tub, struggle when it’s time to get out. At times, the toddler will be a “handful.”
Parenting and Behavioral
- Playmates are important, so allow your child to play with peers. Do not expect sharing at this age.
- Limit television viewing. Watch children’s programs with the child when possible. Turn the TV off during meals.
- Do not worry if your child becomes curious about body parts. This is normal at this age. It is best to use the correct terms for genitals.
- Keep family outings with a 2-year-old short and simple. The child this age has a short attention span.
- Do not waste your time and breath arguing or reasoning with a 2-year-old. Long explanations are completely useless. “Because I said so!” should be enough for now.
- Encourage your 2-year-old to make choices whenever possible, but they should be limited to those you can live with (“red shirt or green shirt?”). Never ask a 2-year-old an open question (“Do you want to take a bath?”) unless you are willing to accept the answer.
- Avoid power struggles. No one wins! The 2-year-old still uses temper tantrums as a weapon.
- Climbs up steps alone, one step at a time holding the stair rail or the parent’s hand.
- Opens doors.
- Can wash and dry hands.
- Climbs on furniture.
- Uses a spoon and cup well.
- Asks frequent questions: “What is that?”
- Enjoys imitating adult activities.
- Most 2-year-olds have a vocabulary of 50 or more words, although this varies (girls speak more than boys)… or if two languages are spoken in the house.
- The 2-year-old will eat barely enough to keep a bird alive. Appetite is finicky and will vary from meal to meal and day to day.
- Let your child’s appetite be your guide and let her (within reason) choose what foods to eat.
- The child can name foods and tell parents her likes and dislikes.
- The 2-year-old frequently wants the same thing day in and day out.
I’m seeing plenty here to keep Tony hopping to stay one step ahead of his darling daughter. All I can say is, the guy’s got guts to be taking her on at his age.
Cats Working wishes Ariane a very Happy Birthday!