Most mothers can tell you that they remember when their little one were babies, they could tell the difference between certain cries, the one for nourishment, the one for affection, for being bored or those "pick me up I'm in pain" cries.
Others will tell you that certain stages of toddlerhood when the verbal communication is still fine tuning, are the hardest. When you feel you don't understand their needs. The frustration that you both share, yours to understand them, and theirs to try to communicate with you.
Along the way I had a few "Why. but why" moments. Trying to get a glimpse of what is going on in their little heads: when they color all over the wall with permanent markers, flush down a toy in the toilet, when they love certain food one day and not the next, when they wake up too early and are still tired?!
Those are the mysteries that makes you scratches your head. Sometimes it's easy to find what is going on, curiosity is always a big one, or when they are trying to test limits.
With one of my little girl, the mystery was, why is it that every time I ask her to pick up toys or clean up, she sit down on the floor and do NOTHING? For months, was getting frustrated, thinking that she was just being disobedient.
But one day, I asked her find the matching boots and put them in a row along the wall, and she did it joyfully.
That day, I peeked a bit more into her brain. She needs specific instructions. If I ask her siblings to clean up, they can figure out what needs to be done (well, for most parts), but for her, it's like I was talking a different language, and maybe I was.
I now have to train myself when I ask her to do something, to remember how she thinks, and give my instructions accordingly.
How about you, have you ever had moments that you just didn't understand what was going on in their little heads?