My 2.5 yo DD does. not. give. up. She is the most persistant living creature I have ever known. It's making me bonkers.
I'm posting today because I hollered at her and feel badly about it. She really got to me and I'm wondering if anyone has a similar child and can offer suggestions on how to not lose one's mind.
Today she was asking for a butterfly clip for her hair. I was cooking and couldn't get it for her right away. She asked for the clip and I told her that when mommy was finished she would get one for her. It turned into a marathon back-and-forth for I don't even know how long. I was nice, I explained the situation, I meant what I said, I offered suggestions of what she could do in the meantime but she did not stop asking. I eventually told her that she needed to wait and that was the end of the discussion. She kept at it, pulling on my pants, whining "Please. Get it now. Please mommy, now. Get a clip for me now! GET..IT...NOW!...Please?..Mommy? Please get a clip for me." I tried ignoring her but after the constant asking I started getting really irritated and snippy before I snapped. I grabbed her and shouted NO! right into her face. Not a proud Mommy moment but oh my gosh, she was making me NUTS.
It wasn't an issue of her needing a clip for some bigger purpose that I wasn't taking the time to discover. She just wasn't going to stop until I gave her what she wanted. The thing is, she's like this with EVERYTHING. We try really hard not to give in to her and for the most part we are successful, but not without having to hear it non-stop or deal with a subsequent tantrum/breakdown. It's exhausting.
Her hearing has been tested and we know she hears just fine. She is an extremely bright child and I know she understands when I tell her no or to wait. I'm sure her persistence will be an asset to her when she's older but for now it's really, really annoying.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Anyone else BTDT?