03 October 2011

Guest Blogger: A Grande Life

Hmm, what can I say about Steph? So many things. Steph has gone from an IFF {Bob's term for "Internet Friend Forever"} to a real life friend. And a good one.
She's such an amazing person and I love her to death. She also owns a photography business, so all those amazing pro pics you see around here? She likely took them.

Oh, and she also has this "little" blog... A Grande Life. So after you read this lovely {and oh-so-true} guest post, head on over and check it out!

Y'all Think Two Is Bad?

Clearly, you haven't hit three yet.

I was once told by a very knowledgeable Home Depot employee the following:

"It's the terrible two's, the horrible three's, and the f-ing four's."

My oldest was two at the time and in the throes of the terrible twos. I laughed. She didn't know what she was talking about. How could it get any worse? It could only get better, right?


How naive I was.

I am here to tell you that three is no picnic. And if four is worse than three, then I would like to skip right on over to five. I seriously do not know how much more I can take.

Currently, we are in the back talking stage coupled with the "I can't" stage. Everything I say is met with "No, you do....". When he is prompted to do something over and over, he whines "I can't" and throws himself on the floor. It doesn't matter what I ask him to do. I could ask him to dive head first into a tub of chocolate ice cream with rainbow jimmies. I would still get the "No you dive head first into a tub of chocolate ice cream with rainbow jimmies." It would then be quickly followed with an "I can't" whine-fest.

We have tried everything we can to "discipline" this behavior. We've ignored. We've taken toys away. We've put him in time out. We've sent him to his room. We've taken away the iPad {the horror!}. Nothing works. The only thing that ends happening is one or both of us in tears and a lot of giving in.

I wish I had the magical cure all for the horrible three's {and the terrible two's and the f-ing four's}, I would share it with the world. But I don't.

But I do have wine!
Mmmm, wine. Thanks for your post Steph!

Who else is currently dealing with one of these mentally draining stages of toddlerhood? Yep, me too. I almost feel as if someone should develop anger management classes for 2-4 year olds. {What? It's not such a bad idea.}

So, how are you handling it?

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Molly said...

If you are really struggling with your preschooler, you might check out the Not Just Cute blog -- she has tons of info on positive discipline (as opposed to punishment such as taking things away) and this list of 101 Principles of Positive Discipline: http://www.odu.edu/~kkersey/101s/101principles.shtml

Having a difficult preschooler is not an inevitability -- they are just tough to figure out. Good luck.

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