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‪#‎Family‬ Law

“No, don’t like mommy,” my 2-year-old son whined. “Why not?” I asked, confused. “Because it’s bedtime?” Ten minutes ago we were peek-a-booing and laughing. Now he didn’t like me. I felt dejected.

As a single mother to my first child, hearing those words stung. I call my mother, a retired psychologist, who’d also raised me and my two siblings alone for a bit. “Do all moms hear this?” I asked.

“Yeah, it hurts. Classic terrible twos,” she assured me on the phone. “Their immature prefrontal cortexes prevent them from modifying their social behavior. It’ll happen again in adolescence.”