Saturday, February 9, 2008

What a Few Days Practice Can Do

After just a few days, Tralee is walking around like a pro! That's all she wants to do now. If I set her down, and try to put her into a sitting position, she locks her legs and stands, then she takes off!!! I can't believe it! My daughter is turning into a little person!!! Bye bye babyhood.

Tralee's terrible-two's seems to have started early. If she doesn't get what she wants she starts screaming and fake crying. We, of course, don't give into her screams, and we try to find something to distract her. "Tralee, we don't scream when we don't get our way, screaming is inappropriate behavior. Instead of screaming let's play with this ball" (said at her eye-level). It almost always works, but I don't get where her temper came from. For instance, when I let Corky out yesterday, Tralee wanted to go outside too. She made a b-line for the open door, and when I said, "Tralee, you don't have socks on, and it's too cold for you outside" then I picked her up and shut the door she started screaming. When I set her down she started banging on the door. I thought, "if she's like this now, what's she going to be like in her teen years?" The little tantrum didn't last long, and when I mentioned taking a bath she calmed right down and got into bath mode. I think her mood also reflected the fact that she didn't get a good nap. Anyway, for all you people who have kids older than mine: Is this little tantrum thing normal for a one-year old? It would make me feel better if I know mine isn't the only kid that's doing this. Also, any tips to nip this new habit in the bud? Like I said, we don't give into her screams, and when she listens and is good she gets lots of praise. I was talking to some other Mom's at church today and they said girls are almost always worse than boys as far as screaming fits go. Don't get me wrong, Tralee is a happy, funny, little girl for the most part. Every once in a while (usually when she's cranky from lack of sleep) she behaves badly.

Well, I guess it's Sunday nap time, because Tralee and Jim are both snoozing. I need to do the dishes, then I might take my own Sunday Siesta. Good Bye!


amy said...

you have a normal child. some kids are worse at 1, others at 2, others at 3 (some never stop). mine seemed hardest to deal with around the 1 and 2 age. it just varies from child to child. as far as how to deal...good luck! ha, ha - i'm sure you'll do just fine!

Meagan said...

Uh huh. Brooklyn likes to do that too. And it seems to be getting worse. Except she doesn't scream all the time, she just runs away. She does start to mimick things we say, like No!! (We've stopped saying that one) and Uh Oh! (She used to say it all cute, but then she got in trouble and now she says it like Derek did in an upset voice.) We're hoping that not giving in will work eventually!

Nikki said...

I have found that 2's aren't as bad as 1-18mos. and then again at 3. and then at 5. Good luck you will survive.

Leslie said...

Thank you all for your great advice! I'm glad to know mine isn't the only one!!! :)