Prior to having children I remember witnessing a child’s tantrum in a public place and thinking, “Those parents need to get a better handle on their child!” Cut to me with a two year old who has no problem throwing herself on the ground at any given moment. Sometimes all I can do is just throw my hands up. And now my heart goes out to “those” parents.
So instead of calling it the terrible two’s or something else a little more derogatory, I’m suppose to say I have a spirited child. And she most definitely is spirited. Mabel is no push over. She is strong-willed. She knows what she wants. And when I tell her differently, I brace myself. It’s challenging but I know her strong personality will serve her very well later on in life. In fact, I find comfort in it.
My husband and I have set boundaries and rules with Mabel. We stick with them even when I know all hell is about to break loose if we don’t give in. We stand united. I have to say that really helps. Consistency is the key through this stage even when I feel like we may not be making progress at times. I know it’ll even out at some point.
I know her strong personality will serve her very well later on in life...
I also don’t want to paint a bad portrait of my child. Mabel is loving, funny, and ever so sharp. She’s opened my eyes to a new and exciting world. Taught me patience and the meaning of unconditional love. She’s truly a blessing at any moment of any day.
I don’t really have time these days to read any and every parenting book around. So I go to the best sellers. I’ve found some interesting advice in The Happiest Toddler on the Block . Also, Raising Your Spirited Child. I’ve been able to pick and choose what I like from both books. I’ve also found comfort in the fact that this is a totally normal stage.
Any words of advice for getting through the two’s? Any books you read that you could share?
From my home to yours,