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|I really think that a lot of the stuff in this thread is really typical for that age and it's important to keep that in mind. And we also have to remember that we have changed a lot too - maybe more impatient, more guarded about our physical boundaries, more tired, more anxious - whatever. So that will interact with whereever our wonderful 2 yos are at. Those of us who have nurslings might even wonder if they are partaking in some funky hormones via breastmilk?
I have my bad moments of yelling and getting totally frustrated - dealing with toddlers is not exactly easy in late PG, especially if you don't have much support. The thing that helps me the most is to remind myself of what kind of parent I want to be. Here are some inspirational books that are guideposts for me:
Hold Onto Your Kids
Siblings Without Rivalry
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
Whole Child/Whole Parent
From watching other families it seems like it can be really worthwhile to focus a bit on how we want to parent our older children during this important transition time. I think we already know what newborns need .