Toddler Golden gloves - tickets sold here.
First I should say that I was definitely the type of person, before having my own kid, that saw kids behaving erratically out in public I KNEW that wasn't going to be my child, because I would discipline my children. I would not let them think that it was OK to act that way. HA!
OK, so we're back to my kid being nice and even-keeled.. hanging out with kids at school that say, "THAT'S MINE!!" and rip toys out of his hands and he just finds another toy... So imagine my surprise the first time I try to get him to do something he doesn't want to - put on his PJ's, Oh the horror! - and he swings his hand at me, and yell's, "NO MAMA!".. What was my reaction the first time this happened? To tap his hand and say, "No Will! We do not hit!"... yup.. I basically hit my kid and then said, we do not hit. Dummy. (For all looking to call protective services, I TAPPED his hand but you get the point.)
I realized that my original reaction was not the brightest, so what next? Next I tried soft, positive reinforcement. "Will, we touch gently. Hitting is not nice." Then he hit me again, little bugger. So far I've tried positive reinforcement, angry face and sternly saying, "We do not hit!", Ignoring it, laughing and pretending he means to high five us (I know, ridiculous).. Ignoring it - that usually turns into him doing it over and over until he gets a reaction, which is usually me losing it and yelling, "ENOUGH!!!".. What did that lead to? Him saying "enough mama!!" when he didn't like something. Sweet.
So this started happening really 2 weeks ago which happens to be a month before he turns 2 AND when his 2 yr molars started coming in. He is still an easy kid but now when he's tired or hungry he's lashing out like this... I'm sure this is normal but it's driving me crazy!!
So I ask...
- what have you done that has actually worked in this situation?
- how many days can you give your 2 yr old motrin in a row for molars coming in and overall bitchy attitude? ;-)