Archive for the toddler behavior Tag

There’s a Heartache Tonight

We had a rough afternoon.  Period. Mac was particularly moody, unkind, disrespectful, inconsolable. . . I tried to help him. I tried. There were moments when I was feeling less than charitable with the “amenities”  he was demanding this evening after the time out for scratching my face. . .or dragging Teddy across the room on his back by one
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I’m Not Raisin’ No Damned Play Doh Eating, Disrespectin’ Jerk

Except, it seems I am. I am having a difficult time controlling Mac. Maybe I shouldn’t be thinking of it as control, exactly?   Call it what you will, I fear he’s becoming a disrespectful little punk. It’s a phase right?  He’ll grow out of it? Except what if he doesn’t? I can’t chance it. We NEED an effective behavior
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Parenting Fail? Self Incrimination Through Education

Sorry about the absence.  Things are going here about exactly as you would expect.  There’s a lot of poop.  Some spit up.  And no one seems to have an uninterrupted moment of sleep or silence. BUT we’re all healthy and pretty happy so I’m feeling very fortunate. Meanwhile, Mac has been left to his own devices perhaps a bit too
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There WILL Be CONSEQUENCES?! Do You Hear Me?!

Quite possibly the biggest parenting struggle I’m having these days involves CONSEQUENCES. I’m trying not to raise a complete jerk. And that seems to necessitate a lot of effort on MY part. Mac is by all accounts a pretty great kid.  Overall, we ask a LOT of him on a routine basis, and he listens well.  We praise him lavishly
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Public Enemy No. 1

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS TODDLER?! He’s about three feet tall, weighs about 30 lbs.  Has unruly dark blonde hair, blue-green eyes.  Chubby, fast  hands.  Ankle sock suntan lines and likely has one hand wedged down the back of his shorts. He’s wanted for the reckless taunting and torture of household pets.   If you see the suspect, please do not
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Another Stellar Parenting Moment: “I Choose. . .”

Did you miss me?! Doubtful. I had no idea I was going to be MIA for so long!  I started painting the baseboard trim on the main floor of the house last week and realized just how much the entire place needed a fresh coat of paint.  So I sent my Mother a text mentioning that I could use some
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How We Apply Our “No Cry Policy” To A Toddler

Over the weekend we went to my in-laws for brunch.  Mac did a relatively good job behaving himself but there were a few moments when we were dangerously on the verge of a full-blown tantrum. It’s his age, of course.   One of his more impressive fits occurred when his Uncle Mike was attempting to assist him with a shirt
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