My dd is honestly a true joy most of the time, as she is getting older she is getting just
better and better and she was really a very happy easy baby for the most part (teething
was AWFUL as were the GERD and sensory issues and baby-frustration that she seemed
to feel like she was almost trapped in her body and now that she can use it and
communicate things are light-years better.)
But there are a few behavior related issues that I don't know how to get over or deal with from a GD perspective.
1. I definately set her up for thinking that treats were the norm, maybe on a daily basis even, but I am working through the issues that led me down that path and I have started to say no a lot more. I hate saying no so much. I want to say yes a whole lot more and as a mom you kinda already have these built in no scenarios and then this on top of it feels almost crushingly constant. And she asks so nicely the first time, but then no isnt good enough and she asks, then begs, then tantrums........it's so ugly and exhausting and I seem to have no tools for it. Help!
2. The power struggles over meal time are getting increasingly bad. I am not interested in cooking her seperate meals consisting of only food she likes, I don't like the fact that she gets up about 20-100 times during just dinner alone, I don't like that I can't give her a complete meal without her picking only the things she wants to eat and leaving the rest (example: I make spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread and peas....she eats only the meatballs and then says she is full and comes asking for a snack 30 mins later.)
3. This one has to wear me down quiker than anything else: The constant chattering. From the moment she wakes up to the moment she finally stops fighting sleep she is talking/singing/repeating sounds/words/noises and it makes me feel like I am going crazy to have this non-stop soundtrack. I feel guilty that it drives me so berserk but it is what it is and it does. Advice???? Please help me with this one!!!
BTW she is 3, did I say that? She is VERY bright, VERY verbal and just a doll most of the time.
Thank you so much!