Being 2 holds some difficult challenges for me. I have a brother who nearly drowned and became severely brain damaged. Mum's has very limited sight and her good eye is failing. And Dad is continually tired after commuting four hours a day to work.
It has been a strain on my parent's relationship. Mum and dad generously reveal all in my Life at 2 video clip.
Meanwhile my days are busy. Mum and I spend every morning together at home. We play, do the housework and of course being two I test whose boss. Then most days we visit Jamie, my brother, in a group home where he's cared for by nurses. I help mum with his evening routine - dinner, bath, massage and bed. On Saturdays we take the day off and go ten-pin bowling.
In the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children 80% of families experienced a major life event in the past 12 months that could affect the wellbeing of a child. One of these is a serious illness in the family. The big question hanging over me is whether my parents can repair the problems in their relationship and hold the family together. At the moment they're making hard decisions about work and prioitising family time. And I'm hatching a plan to bond with them both every night over my groovy new train set.
We all hope this will rebuild our world. Stay tuned for the next chapter of my story in Life at 3.
|Sleep||The teddy bear night light has been our saving grace. Now he sleeps like a angel|
|Toilet training||Was going OK - now heading a bit backwards|
|Tantrums||He doesn’t throw a lot - but when it does it’s the full drama queen routine|
|Talking||Very well. Can repeat anything we say.|
|Breastfeeding/bottle||Left the bottle behind a long time ago|
|Eating||Thank God for pre-school because he has become quite adventurous – more your meat lover.|
|Who looks after me?||Mummy and pre-school|
|One line description||Determined, independent and sociable|