Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The Terrible 2's
I look at my friends with their only baby and feel a pang of envy. It wasn't so long ago that it was just Gianna and I. We would spend the days cuddling and playing together. I was the perfect parent then. Babies I can handle. Toddlers, EEK! I feel bad for Ethan in a way as well since I never really got a chance to fully enjoy his baby days since I also had a todddler to deal with. Even now if I'm playing with him or trying to just cuddle with him on the couch she's vying for my attention, pushing him away, stealing his toys, you name it
To say I am at my wits end is an understatement. And since the husband left Friday it's as if she kicked these behavior's into overdrive. I'm hoping that as we get back into a routine and adjust to him not being home, she will settle down. I just hope I can last that long.
I feel as if our days consist of power struggle after power struggle. I try my best to keep calm but in truth I end up exploding and resorting to yelling. It's a constant battle between yelling or saying NO over and over. I don't want to be the parent that disciplines by yelling. And yelling is not working anyway. Neither is time outs, or the occasional spanking which I am not opposed to.
And as Ethan gets closer and closer to his 1 year old birthday and I realize I will have 2 toddler's in the house I want to try and figure out my strategy so to speak as quickly as possible
So Mommies. Any resources, help, tips and advice on dealing with toddler's?