I'm so glad I found this thread!!!!
I have been using GD from the beginning, and I have recently been feeling like I've totally failed my DD. Thanks for reminding me that she's only 2.5yrs for goodness sakes! Reading everyone's thoughtful replies to Melanie has made me realize that I've slacked in a few places: like not GETTING off my BUTT, like lecturing, like not looking behind the behavior.
I had been thinking the problem was HER but it's really her parents!
: We've shunted her emotional release so many times that it's not resolved, it's just diverted.
Today (well, not just today) I was feeling a little abused by her, as she's been hitting me (HARD) and pulling a 'mutiny' whenever there's a demand (ie brush teeth, hair, diaper change, etc), and no matter HOW MUCH time I spend playing with her, it's *never enough. If I have to direct my attention to household duties or something, she just makes it harder to do (ie, folding clothes, she'll undo all the work I just did
Have any of you felt this way? (abused, I mean) Just thwak me if that's a REALLY stupid question.
: How do you deal with it if that's how you're feeling?