My daughter is just shy of two years old.
She is adorable, hilarious, musical and downright beautiful.
She is also trying to navigate the world around her, assert her independence and test her limits. It makes for a fun time.
My son (in hindsight) was a fairly easy toddler. He had tantrums, sure, and we had a few months where we dealt with some biting issues, but he was NOTHING like this sister. She can be downright mean.
And the screaming…Oh My Gah!…the screaming.
I feel like she is at such a tough age…just on the cusp of time-out and other discipline truly working. Most of my discipline techniques involve removal from the situation and changing up the scenery. But it’s time for something more drastic. It’s time for me to ignore her.
I feel mean just writing it down, but she’s not a baby anymore (sniff) and I need to stop catering to her. She’s old enough to know better and I can’t have her manipulating me.
So today, I started with something that should be easy but, in fact, is really hard for me – the car.
Usually she screams and whines at least 75% of the ride, especially if she doesn’t have her paci and lovey (which is an entirely different issue). Normally I would talk her through her fit. “Mommy can’t help you right now. I’m driving.” “Sorry baby, mommy is busy.”
And sometimes no talking, just really irritated yelling.
“That’s enough. We are almost home. CHILL OUT!”
Today we rode the entire way to school and I didn’t acknowledge her cries (ok, maybe once). She would whimper, then talk, then silence. She’d start again and it would stop.
WOOHOO! It’s a start. A slow, but much needed start.
I’m going to go all Super Nanny and start putting her in time-out when she hits her brother or pulls his hair. And when she walks away, I’m going to walk her cute little booty back. It’s going to be annoying…and hard…and sometimes will seem futile.
But I have to do it.
A few days of chaos and irritation will be worth my sanity…….