The infamous story of my "only spanking" as a child was when I was 2 1/2 and my Mom was recovering from surgery. She asked me to hand her a bottle of medicine that was on the side table just out of her reach. I replied. "No, and since you are sick, you can't make me!" Unfortunately for me, my very un-sick Daddy was standing behind me and witnessed the whole incident.
Since K was born, my parents have told me how much she reminds them of me...and apparently sassiness is quite heriditary because this sweet angel is working every angle to push as many of my buttons (and those of her brothers, too) as possible.
She drags her feet BIG TIME when I ask her to do things, and from the look on her face it is very obvious she is trying to see just how much she can get away with. Yesterday I asked her to help me put away some toys she had dumped out all over the floor and she told me frankly, "No, Mommy, I no do it" and ran from the room laughing. I decided to ignore her for just a moment and gather my "how do I handle this" thoughts. Then, she came running back in the room and shouted, "MOMMY! I NO DO IT!" with a huge grin on her face.
I know this is normal 2 year old stuff, but I also know it must be nipped in the bud. I love this little girl so much and it is maddening how much more of me I see in her everyday! Oh how I want her to learn lessons in the safety of our home before she becomes the bossy, smarty pants that I was (and frankly, often still am!)