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Thread: Terrible Two's... Help!
August 19th, 2013 10:12 AM #16Senior Member
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I think that gym care actually sounds perfect! Plan to go at a time when she's well rested and fed, and I think that's a great opportunity for her to interact with other kids!Lillian Elizabeth 6.16.13
August 19th, 2013 07:31 PM #18Senior Member
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August 19th, 2013 07:38 PM #20
I love Supernanny's bedtime method too! I've used it before for naps, and it works just as well for that.
Now I understand better why you're somewhat reluctant to take Rowan to the childcare at the gym, but if you think about it, really the worst that can happen is that your workout gets cut a little short. I agree with leadmythoughts, just make sure she's fed and not tired and hopefully it will be fine. It would definitely be a great place for her to get to interact with other kids.
August 19th, 2013 10:08 PM #22Senior Member
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My DS is almost 2.5 yo and reached a bratty stage at around the same age as ROwan. He was particularly naughyt when he didn't have good sleep, and even now when this happens I try not to give him opportunities to be naughty because I know he isn't in control of himself.
If she is getting enough sleep and stable schedule, my impression is that she is bored and the stern reaction you think you are giving her when she does something wrong is actually the very reaction she finds entertaining. She doesn't understand it yet. The best thing is to ignore it completely and not react.
It is hard at that age to keep kids busy without going bored out of your skull. I had a hard time finding a day care I was comfortable with. I would say your best bet is to plan one to two hours per day in which she is more engaged in different types of activities that either involve you or some tiny people she can befriend-such as a local mall playgorund or whatever. And by that I mean, more than what she currently has now, assuming my other suggestions don't pan out for you. Good luck!
ETA: I don't think time outs are appropriate for all babies this age. I do time outs with DS now but before he was 2 I would oinly use them if he was able to understand them. This means, a sleepy baby is just not going to "get it". Once you start doing time outs you need to be really consisten, and my advice is to pick your battles with one that age.
Last edited by verminator; August 19th, 2013 at 10:12 PM.
August 20th, 2013 12:33 AM #24
Does she like books? There is a series of board books by where one of them is called "Hands are not for Hitting". The books won't solve everything, but at least it distracts them from the annoying behavior for a few minutes.
Good luck! Those years are really hard and EVERYONE struggles when their child is in that stage.Mom to James Daniel (11) William Joseph (10), Elise Marie (8), Zachary Allan (2), and George Thomas (baby)