Anna's been going through this phase lately.
She gets seriously pissed if something doesn't go her way. If I don't pick her up fast enough, she screams. If we don't get her down from her high chair as soon as she's done eating, she screams. If she falls, she screams. If we try to change her diaper, she screams.
For a little while, I was afraid that my darling little buttertart had turned into a butterbrat.
Then I got my regularly scheduled email from babycenter.com and the folks there told me that if my child was being "spirited" lately, it was completely normal. Phew.
On the same note, the email also discussed the importance of discipline.
Ah, discipline. Another interesting/difficult/strange/necessary thing for parents to do with their children.
To discipline or to not discipline. If you don't do it, you run the risk of being "that family". You know, the one that nobody really wants around because your kids are annoying as hell.
If you do it, you run the risk of looking like - and becoming - a cold, strict, angry, stressed out parent. (I'm really supposed to ignore my kid while she's screaming and crying, big fat tears rolling down her face?? Just wait until she throws a "Mommy" in there, too. I'll be done.) But really - you know the types of parents you see at Walmart who just yell at their kids all the time. Who seem so angry that they touched something they weren't supposed to. Ugh.
I'm all for the right kind of discipline. But is Anna going to really understand at this age? She's almost 14 months old, but she's not at the age yet where she shows that she completely understands everything you say.
So when she's screaming and I say "Okay, Mommy has to change your diaper, Anna. That's all." she really doesn't seem to get it and still looks at me like I'm some cruel, horrid Mama who is inflicting evil torture upon her by making her NOT sit in shit for 2 hours.
So when do you start the discipline? What types of things work for you and your family? How early should you start it before your child becomes The Problem Child?
And, more importantly, how do you tell this face no?