She is just so persistant and just won't stop, and I am so close to just starting to smack her hand or something and that is SOOOO not me! I haven't ever intentionally hit my kids (she's my 3rd of 4--I think my sig is gone...).
Anyway, we're living w/ my parents for the next year, just got here last week. We haven't ever had pets besides a fish. My parents have a cat who isn't friendly, one skittish dog, and a calm german shepherd. The cat is the one she goes after constantly. Mostly she just wants to pet it, but he does NOT want to be petted! Then sometimes she pulls at his fur or his tail. Or pushes him out of his snuggly spot. Or just won't leave him alone!
And the big german shepherd is super nice and tolerant, but my daughter wants to grab her belly and push her back end, etc. She usually does something not nice followed by a nice pet on the back. "I touch her gently!". Ugh.
And then tonight she discovers the china cabinet and other drawers........ she just will not get the hint about not getting into drawers and cabinets. So frustrating.
This is so typical of a toddler it's boring, I know, but the pet thing really has me concerned. I don't know how to get it through to her to make sure she's safe. And I have a 3 month old. And a 7 and 5 yr old. So I can't stay one foot away from her all day.
I know I need help when I am seriously considering hitting her hands as a form of discipline. Logically, makes no sense, but I don't want her to get hurt by these animals and she is not getting it through repeated instruction, redirection, time out, etc.
My only encouraging thought tonight (after many many things she was doing that were wrong) was that "well, hopefully in a month she will be better". But that's a long time!!