This morning my 2-year-old decided swim shoes were evil. When I tried to put them them on, he began a kickfest that rivaled a Major League Soccer stars and a screamfest reminiscent of "Friday The Thirteenth Part 35 -- Revenge of the Toddler." After several minutes of wrangling, I'd claim victory with the first shoe and move to the second, only to have him kick off the first. I finally figured out he was saying something amid the screams -- "Socks!" Now, the idea of my kid being the dork wearing socks on water day at preschool made me want to lie down and kick and scream, but I've learned one thing with a toddler: pick your battles. Socks with swim shoes may look ridiculous but aren't harmful. Therefore it's negotiable. Toothbrushing, which he considers second only to murder, is not.
-- Lisa Buie, Times mom