Know Thy Enemy

By Sarah Fader

I’ve often heard people equate two-year-olds to adolescents, and now I’m starting to understand what they mean. Much like a teenager, Ari has pronounced likes and dislikes. For example, he has decided that he hates jeans.

This becomes a major battle when we are attempting to get dressed and leave the house. As a result of his denim hatred, I’ve purchased several pairs of non-jean pants such as fleece pants, sweatpants, running pants, corduroys, you get the idea. The only trouble is when we’ve gone through all the “comfortable pants” (as he calls them) all that’s left are these:

They are the enemy. If I try to put them on his little legs, he’ll scream “NO JEANS!”

But when they are the only option, I have to force him to wear them!

Anyone else’s kid have fabric preferences?

Sarah Fader records anecdotes from her daily life at at Old School New School Mom. She also currently runs blog workshops for elementary school children in New York City and provides freelance transcription services for major television networks, in between running after a two year old.

7 Responses to Know Thy Enemy
  1. Stephanie
    January 9, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    Oh dear I can not promise it will go away anytime soon… point in case:


  2. Stephanie
    January 9, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    Or is that supposed to be case in point? I can never get those sayings right…

  3. Anitra
    January 9, 2011 | 9:11 pm

    Mine doesn’t like jeans, but it’s not quite that pronounced. Um… buy more non-jean pants? Or do laundry more often?

  4. Candace
    January 9, 2011 | 9:52 pm

    My son has to wear a shirt that either has Starwars or comic book here on it. Nothing else will do. We buy a lot of comic book shirts and starwars ones.

  5. Old School /New School Mom
    January 9, 2011 | 10:16 pm

    Hahaha, in response to “do laundry more often.” I don’t think that is humanly possible. 😛

    I do need to invest in more non-jean pants though.

    Candace -Ari feels that way about his Toy Story shirt.

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