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The Story About the Toddler, Volume 27.

ByspidwebOct 6, 202011 min read

Our daughter Cordelia is three years and four months old. Raising a three-year old is very educational. It is a chance to see what a human being is like in its pure natural state, unbent by the demands of societal restrictions. You can see our species in its raw form…

The Story About the Toddler, Volume 26.

ByspidwebOct 6, 202014 min read

Our daughter Cordelia has reached three years, three months of age. She is still young enough to change rapidly as we watch. For example, recently, she has changed from a bright, smiling, fresh-faced young child to a seething, pestilent pit of germs. Children are renowned for their skill as disease…

The Story About the Toddler, Volume 25.

ByspidwebOct 6, 20209 min read

Our daughter Cordelia is now three years and two months old. Her mental improvement, as measured by the number of TV shows she can ask to see in any given day, is shooting through the roof. While her body has undergone no changes of note since she became potty trained,…

The Story About the Toddler, Volume 24.

ByspidwebOct 6, 202014 min read

Our daughter Cordelia just turned three. I still call her a toddler, although she really isn’t. She doesn’t toddle. She runs. A child turning three is a big change, in a way. She’s not two anymore. Two year-olds have this horrible reputation for being difficult and obnoxious, a reputation that…

The Story About the Toddler, Volume 23.

ByspidwebOct 6, 20208 min read

Our daughter Cordelia just passed through the last month of her third year of life. She spent a lot of that time having all-night coughing fits. Every night. I have started to believe that she has intentionally willed her immune system to stop working. And the reason she has done…

The Story About the Toddler, Volume 22.

ByspidwebOct 6, 202010 min read

Our daughter Cordelia has completed her thirty-fifth month of life. She is almost three. That means she will soon leave the “Terrible Twos” and enter the “Mediocre Threes,” followed by the “Awful Fours,” the “Shitty Fives,” and the “Disappointing Rest Of Her Life.” The month was long, but far from…

The Story About the Toddler, Volume 21.

ByspidwebOct 6, 202012 min read

My daughter Cordelia is thirty-four months old, and she has finally decided, after a long period of adorable pleasantness, to empower herself. She has finally realized that, when her mother and I try to influence her behavior in any way, she can actually fight back. This resistance usually takes the…

The Story About the Toddler, Volume 20.

ByspidwebOct 6, 202012 min read

In this, our daughter Cordelia’s thirty-third month of life, she changed in several dramatic ways. Since children tend to be rather tedious and slow developing around this age, my wife Mariann and I were very happy to have something to arouse our interest. Cordelia is now pretty much toilet trained.…

The Story About the Toddler, Volume 19.

ByspidwebOct 6, 20209 min read

Our daughter Cordelia is 32 months old. I’ve gotten through almost two and three quarter years of doing whatever it is I’ve been doing. Writing a monthly journal is a useful focusing exercise. It forces me to look down and squint and analyze the child, trying to see how it…