I can't get this out of my mind. Last night, as dd was playing in the tub, she took one of her toys, filled it up with water, and spilled it over the bath tub onto the floor.
she's done this before many times, and I've tried redirecting, tried telling her why she shouldn't spill on the floor (she's 18 mnths, so that was probably futile) I tried taking her toys away after telling her I would if she kept doing it. The floor by the tub is getting really gross - we're going to have to replace it, and so every time she dumps water in there, I cringe.
so last night, as she dumped the water on the floor while I was trying to wash her hair, I said, "Ana, please keep the water inside the tub" and she looked at me, smiled and reached for more water with her 'turtle'. she was about to dump the water on the floor again as I gently pushed her hand so the water spilled inside the tub instead. we did that a few times - by now she's probably thinking it a game. so she grabs another toy and really fast is about to dump it over. I hit the toy and it flew out of her hands into the tub. she grabs another and as she was about to do the same thing, I take the toy away and slap her hand
it wasn't very hard, but she was stunned and started crying
I felt so horrible and started kissing her and hugging her telling her how sorry i was.
I can't stop thinking about it.
She probably forgot all about it.. but I didn't.
What should I do next time? (I'm sure there will be a next time - tired, cranky mommy and a typical 18 month old...)
help me please.. noone I know IRL would understand