I'm looking for suggestions from parents of young children on how you control your temper when they are driving you crazy.
I've got a 3 year old and a newborn. My 3 year old is so difficult, everything is an argument, every time I ask her to do something I cop attitude or just blatant refusal. I've tried positive reinforcement, rewarding good behavior, time out, confiscating toys etc. Sometimes these things work sometimes they don't.
I'm not really looking for strategies to deal with her behavior, more so strategies for me to calm down before I explode. Sometimes I can't help it. Today we've just come off a week of all of us having gastro. I'm exhausted, my house is a mess and I'm facing a weekend of cleaning and sterilizing everything.
I just bathed my 3 year old and changed her clothes and while bathing the newborn 3yo DD goes back into the shower with clothes on and gets all wet despite me telling her not to do that; so now I have to change her again and wash more clothes. I just exploded. I really lost it to the point she was cowering on the floor because I knew she was scared and a part of me didn't even feel bad because I'm so sick of asking her nicely to stop doing stupid things and just getting ignored.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.