Ever since he was born Rory has been a ticklish tot. His arms, his neck, his belly and especially his feet. Up until recently the chase and tickle game has been a firm favourite in our house. But all of a sudden my giggle toddler is no more, in his place is a terrible twonager. He’s independent, stroppy and very demanding. You better hope you know what ‘dah’ means and don’t even think about chopping his nectarine!
While I’m sure this all plays a part in his development one thing I find odd is his sudden distaste for anyone touching his toes.
I live my life in fear of putting on his socks and washing his feet has become nearly impossible. Imagine a cross between George from Peppa Pig and the Incredible Hulk – less of a green pig and more of the angry hysterics. No matter what we try it always ends in a similar fashion. With an inconsolable toddler and the opening of the emergency wine on a Wednesday.
I’ve even tried to make it into a game. Although it seems he isn’t as daft as I may think. He sees straight through my master plan and the frantic wailing ensues regardless. Before you say it, I know, I know. It’s probably just a phase. It’ll pass and we’ll look back and laugh. I’ve been pretending to parent for just long enough to know that the difficult phases are a lot longer than slightly rarer pleasant ones.
Seeking reassurance from my fellow parenting allies, I put this question out to the blogging community…
My child loses his shit if I touch his toes. Can anyone relate or is it just my child who’s bat shit crazy?
Here’s what they had to say…
Amy from Amy & Tots – My daughter hates her arm pits being touched to the point she really cries if we touch them. Cleaning them is hard too, she tends to do that herself now though.
Clare from Emmy’s Mummy – Oh the joys of toddlers. Of course both mine was their teeth….wouldn’t let me brush them, wouldn’t do it themselves so twice a day I had to resort to pinning them down while they screamed blue murder!
Beth from Twinderelmo – My daughters absolutely HATE having their hair touched so you can imagine how fun it is trying to brush it
Jo from Miracle Max – My son hates his little fingers being touched! Every other finger is fine, just not the little fingers, they are a no go area for some reason!
Terri from Tea Terri & Two – My son hates his belly button being touched – ever since he was a baby. Always got the biggest squirm reaction and wriggle to get out the way, he’s just turned 9 and is still the same!
It seems that all children, little and large, come with their own collection of strange pet hates. In the meantime I guess we’ll just have to find new ways of combatting the tantrums. Wish me luck his toenails need trimming this week – sod the wine, standby emergency vodka!
*Bonus points to Clare from Emmy’s Mummy for the snappy title!
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