I don't think it's terrible for chlidren to assert their independence, it's just them growing into their own character and developing their own personality. That is a beautiful thing to watch, children figuring out who they are at such a young age. I also don't think it is 'terrible' for children to push limits, that is how they learn and figure out where the line is drawn. As a parent, this is something we have to deal with a lot (especially in those teen years lol so better gear up now). Yes, even temper tantrums can be looks at in a positive light. This is how children learn to control their emotions. I've already had to deal with these tantrums, and I really find it useful to figure out what the real problem is. Usually my son only throws tantrums when he feels he is not being understood and not getting what he wants/needs. Once it is figured out and I remind him to use his words, the problem is usually fixed!
So I am excited to see what the next year has in store for us, and see how my baby,
Of course no post is complete with out a picture
See not so terrible ;)