Difficult Day

4 Oct

So our day started off nice enough. As you can see, we are going through a “clothing optional” phase here at Chateau Shellock, and my sweet naked babies had a nice little morning snuggle.

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Ruby’s mood quickly devolved and she spent the rest of the day making messes and testing me over and over and over again until she finally passed out just after 4.

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Right now (it is 10:20) she is still freaking out about going to bed. I don’t know what to do with my little girl.

Any advice on how to deal with a particularly strong-willed two-year-old would be most appreciated.

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One Response to “Difficult Day”

  1. ameefrancisco October 9, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    keep calm and give her options. I am big on options, it makes things their choice….Even with Time Outs. You can either keep doing “that action” and get a time out or you can stop and we can “read a book”. Sometimes Eleanor chooses the Time Out because she truly wanted to “jump off the couch” one last time, she even will pick her arms up for me to put her in the Time Out, other time she chooses the book or whatever. It’s just not me telling her what to do & yelling at her if she doesn’t (not that those moments don’t happen….because unfortunately that DO), it’s about her being involved and about her making her own decisions… as long as I follow through with the consequences (both good and “bad”)

    I try to remember that I am not raising a child, I am actually raising an adult. Ruby’s qualities that are difficult and challenging now, will make her into an incredibly strong woman. hang on for the ride and good luck!!

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