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Monday, June 2, 2008


I can't believe the time has come, but I think I am going to have to start thinking about discipline. It is all easy to have "theories" before you have to put them into practice, but now that I have a child that is engines blaring temper tantrum throwing, I am not sure what to do. Hayden has started throwing FITS when she doesn't get her way. Today it happened three times. Once, because I averted potential electric shock as she was playing with the Glade Plug In. (I need to just get rid of those things!) Next, because Cale wouldn't give her the remote. (She jerked it away from him and proceeded to bang him on the head with it) And lastly, when she tried to drink Cale's milk and I gave it back to him. That one was the worst. Back bowing, leg kicking, screaming anger. What to do???? Shawn suggested time out. I don't know where I could put her in time out, because she won't stay anywhere since she is too little to "get it". I don't want to use her crib or her high chair because I want her to like both of those places.....ahhhh!!!! The rigors of parenting! Who knew I would be worrying about this with a ONE YEAR OLD??? For now, I am going to completely ignore the tantrums, in hopes they go away. I know she is doing it for a reaction, because she is looking right at me when she is going to town. My prayer is that I continually remember it is NOT ABOUT ME when she is doing it, and to not take it personally....babies have to assert themselves somehow, and I have just been gifted with a child who is going to be more vocal about it. Let's hope she is just as stubborn when people are trying to talk her into horrible ideas later....
Lest you think I am complaining about this precious baby, know this: She can say "night-night" now, and can walk back and forth to mommy and daddy in the baby pool. Still only one step and then a hiney crash on dry land, but we're working on it. Despite the concerns about her head spinning tantrums, she is still hilarious, adorable, fun, et al.....
Another side note: Cale has a stuffed bear that he loves. I mean LOVES. When we say, "Can you love on your bear?" He crawls on top of it and stretches his little legs out behind him and hugs it so sweet. It is so adorable! Of course, Hayden has to try to steal his thunder, and comes over and tries to hug any part of the bear she can get her hands on. I have got to get a picture of it!

1 comments:

kewald said...

I did time out in a pack-n-play away from the fun. It worked too. When she was about 18 months I moved it, and she would just stay in one stop for time out. I never had to deal with her running away.