Sunday, July 10, 2011
I really, really hate that saying. Just because it sounds, well, TERRIBLE! It sounds awful to say and that's not at all what I think about my little girl. But her behavior recently? Not the greatest. Yesterday was overwhelming, tantrums after tantrums over the tiniest little details and while some parents might "let it go" and just "let the kid do what she wants to", they were basic things like changing clothes, brushing hair, brushing teeth that ended up in the meltdown central of 2011. And I'm sorry, but I strongly feel that if I set a precedent of allowing Brooke to "do what she wants to do," then it will kick me in the rear end the next time I need her to do it.
So we changed clothes. Tantrum. We brushed hair. Tantrum. We brushed teeth. Tantrum. And we sighed and started the morning over again.
So here's my question for you: does the terrible two's last the ENTIRE YEAR while they are two? And what did you do to help your kid through this rough stage of life? I know it's not enjoyable for her either, what with all the crying and screaming involved. My goodness. Vance and I want to raise a healthy, independent, kind and well-behaved little girl and we need advice (help) on how to do this. No, we don't expect her to behave in ALL circumstances and in every situation, but for the most part, yes, we do expect her to behave. It is important to us that she learns now that she can't do everything she wants to do (when she wants to do it), and she can't have everything she wants to have and it is not acceptable to have a screaming fit because of this fact.
I read a bunch of blogs and either (1) no one is admitting that their child is going through this stage, or (2) you all have angel children who never throw tantrums. And it would make me really sad if the overwhelming answer is number 2.