Hi, i have a gorgeous little 16mth old who is just beginning to test my boiling point!
I want to know how other parents 'keep their cool'?
I HATE yelling, and WILL NOT yell at her, ever... unless it's a life threatening situation!
I HATE the word NO and prefer to elaborate and explain as appose to just shouting no!
But on "those days", you know, the one's where they just do everything they're not supposed to - Pulls everything out of the rubbish bin countless times (breaks child locks), Throws her food at my face, headbuts my cheekbone (ok this was an accident but my golly it hurt!) and slaps my face even tho everytime she does it, i tell her i dont like slapping and put her hand down and walk away from her.
Somedays she really tests my temper and a few times i have just lost it and shouted at her. While im shouting i know how wrong and pointless it is, it's not teaching her anything by yelling. If anything, it's making her anxious and confused! But at that point i just dont care, im so over the behaviours!
My DH does say no to her alot and what really bugs me is when he is watching her do something she shouldnt be (like pulling on the curtains) and he will keep repeating in a monotone voice "no dd.....no...no dd" FROM THE COUCH! i have to tell him to get off his **** and move her away!!!!!!!!!!! omg! is he testinig me too?? lol
So with dissapline and setting boundaries ...how do you refrain from yelling and turning into dragon woman when your child tests you?
This may be an over reaction, but I dread her turning into a brat of a child who never listens or respects adults!