Sunday, September 6, 2009

Little Ms. Temper!

Avery has definitely hit her "Terrible 2's" Stage...
One moment everything is as pleasant and happy as can be...
Then she wants something she can't have...
And before you know it tears flow freely, screams can be heard and back arching begins...
I am not wishing her days away, but I hope I get Ms. Temper under control soon. I feel like I'm walking on eggshellls some days! Unlike her daddy, she is an angel for him, and if she does step out of line, he gives her a little pop to the behind and she straightens up reallll fast.

So, feel free to leave a comment and tell me what discipline tactics you used, when you started them and how effective they were. Also, how long did your child's 'Terrible 2's' Stage last?

As always, thanks for any and all advice!

8 comments:

Baylee's Mommy said...

No advice sorry! Just letting you know that Baylee is the exact same way with her Daddy. Literally all he has to say is BAYLEE with a stern voice and she shuts it up. No kidding! (insert..WHAT THE HECK?)
I do remember Baylee getting to be the say way around 18 months. Believe it or not it is getting MUCH better and she is only 26 months old. I think it helps them a WHOLE LOT when they learn to communicate better. In the meantime, DEEP BREATHS! ;)

The Glenn Gang said...

The thing that always worked best for us is completely removing Jonah from what he is doing when he shows his temper. We don't speak, we pick him up (screaming, crying, arching, etc.), place him on a time out mat or in a pack and play then walk away for one minute per year of age. I've heard that you should not use their bed because they will associate their bed with punishment and hate bedtime and naptime. We kept a pack and play set up in a different place so that he knew that meant business. It was only used for that purpose. Literally, it took two days of being consistent with that and he knew what was coming.

Stormie's Mommy said...

I agree with Shonda because Stormie is the same exact way!!!

Cristi said...

I like Nikkis idea. I dont remember much fit throwin with yall, except for Joshuas silent protests. I do remember making yall just go into your rooms but she is too young for that.

Jenna said...

Ava still shows her little temper at times but I tell her what she did wrong and she sits in time out for a few minutes. This usually works because she tells me she is sorry without me even asking for it. It is really sweet. Then sometime nothing works and I will just take a deep breathe and let her scream it out without me saying anything to her then when she notices me not paying attention to her acting out she stops and starts playing again.

Babymakes3forthesullivans! said...

I think Lexie and Avery have alot in common. :) We have been using time out in the corner for certain offenses. Usually anything that involves hitting, kicking, pushing etc. It works soo much better than just having her sit in a time out spot. She HATES the corner and usually straightens up fairly quickly.

For fits, I just walk away. Today she threw a fit in her room and I just walked out and turned out the light. She high tailed it back in the living room and I swear you would have not even known she was throwing a fit. LOL! It's very frustrating sometimes but we have just tried to remain calm and not raise our voices. Easier said than done for sure. I know it's a phase so I keep telling myself "this too shall pass". :)

Penny said...

When Sarah did the fit throwing, she'd throw herself in the floor and cry. I started putting her on the bottom bunk and shutting the door. (Hard to make a "special" place in a mobile home with 6 kids.) Fits went from 20 min. to 2 in no time. The attention was gone.
Anyway, my Nannie used to swear by dumping a glass of cold water on her toddlers' heads. I've heard of people squirted them with a water bottle. (Filled with COLD water--- just read your newest post.) Doubt you'd try Nan's. You don't even want to know her "punishment" for cheating/abusive husbands. LOL

Too Many Hats said...

Ignoring it often worked or at least cut down the time it took to get over whatever it was. The great thing I have to say is that you won't remember this all when she is a teen. Funny how we remember the good stuff, the cute stuff, the endearing stuff. While I know my kids were not angels when little, I don't remember the tantrums much at all.