Temper tantrums. Kicking and flailing. Night terrors. No-nap days. Traffic that further slows unpleasant car trips. Almost always having to prompt the use of the word “please.” Being ignored when giving instructions. Being told “go away!” after just getting home.

Having to sit in a carseat instead of being held. Following someone else’s schedule and directions. Not getting to play with bubbles, watch TV, or eat cheeseburgers more often. Having to share toys with other kids. Not being able to do things that bigger people can do, like cook or hammer or clean toilets or chew gum. Watching the cats hide instead of come closer to be petted or hugged. Being separated by a closed door from Mommy or Daddy.

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