Well, we officially have a toddler.
A toddler who is testing us.
It's started a few weeks back but more and more she's working to get a reaction.
If she didn't do this we would know that something might be wrong with her.
Her favorite things to do right now in the 'testing' department?
* Tantrums. The most recent was at the mall when she didn't want to get back in the stroller.
She fell to the floor and cried and kicked around.
They say she does this at school time to time.
We don't make a big deal out of it.
We wrangled her back into the stroller and just let her cry it out.
Embarassing? Yes, but Brad and I REFUSE to let her win.
Let's all face it, if you give in when they do that sort of thing, you're screwed.
* Drop her sippy cup from her high chair right after you hand it to her(looking at us the whole time to get a reaction)
* Scream(I'm not down with kids screaming in the house, I didn't grow up being allowed to do that and I'm not going to stand for it)
* At times biting me(not brad for some reason, and she bite a kid at school)
Of course, there are other small things but those are the main things.
This isn't major stuff but we recognize it.
She's a great little girl, but she's growing up and learning her way.
Brad and I are both trying to approach things reasonably and the best way possible for the best outcome.
Our speech pathologist friend told us to ignore her when she drops her cup or screams.
That seems to be working somewhat versus scolding her.
Last night she bite me again.
It's been several weeks since she bite me last time.
I told her no very sternly and she started laughing and thought I was playing.
I decided to put her in time out.
I wanted to let her know that it is not acceptable to do that and I will not play with her when she behaves that way.
She cried and cried and tried to get up.
Brad went over and stood in front of her and told her no to stay seated.
Honestly, it was hard not to laugh but I wanted her to know I was serious.
I didn't console her or go over there, we both just let her sit.
Did she get the message?
I don't know.
Let's hope she's figuring it out.
Brad and I are both trying to raise a daughter who is sweet, respectful towards others, and well behaved.
I don't want her to be that kid that everyone whispers under their breath.
'Oh....great.... Shelby is coming over...'
I can remember kids like that when growing up and I know kids like that now.
I will do everything in my power for her not to be that kid.
Here's to learning the ropes of parenting.
Feel free to give advice!