Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: I think I live in the laundry room!
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I am the proud mama of a sweet, sweet two year old... who is COMPLETELY different from her older sister. And she's throwing me for a loop!
I've become much more knowledgeable about Gentle Discipline since dd1 was a toddler, so some of the discipline methods I used to use are no longer options for me. For the most part, GD is working well... I feel like we're well-attached, and dd2 is a happy, independent, loving girl.
Except that she's going through a developmental stage that requires her FULL energy, CONSTANT motion, and top volume "NO's". I'm going out of my mind!!!! She's fine at home, where she's sure of her boundaries, but if we're out somewhere... watch out! Her favorite trick is to yell a quick yell, especially at church. Then she waits to see what I'll do... if I take her out, she's ready to play. If I don't, she gives another yell, and keeps doing it until I take her out.
This morning at church, I just gave up and we stayed out in the hall and walked around. It was much easier on her, but I have to leave my other dd with other people, which I don't like to do (just because I feel like I'm deserting her)!
Restaurants are out of the question these days. She just won't sit long enough for anyone else to have a chance to eat... so we're waiting until the phase ends. But church is something that happens every week... so I really need to figure out some effective way of handling it.
I'm starting to obsess about this. I found myself at the library the other day, actually looking for a book called, "How to be Lydia's Mom in Six Easy Lessons" or something like that!! Have any of you written such a book? :LOL
Wife and Mama who homeschools-- mostly in the kitchen!