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It’s not always fun and games

Emily is a really, really great kid. If I am only to be blessed with one, I have a GREAT one. I know I talk about how wonderful she is and really, she is. But she isn’t perfect; as no child is. I just choose to leave out some of the mean stuff. She’s a mischievous, sneaky, angry sometimes toddler. I don’t want anyone to think that Emily never gets into trouble, because she does. She gets put into time out for pushing when she wants her way and taking toys from others just like any other kid her age. Toddlers are maddening little humans, aren’t they? We love them with all of our heart and they take all of our patience. As a parent, we think that we are the only and/or first person to deal with it. Truth be told, if you have to leave your cart in a store, some mom has been there, done that. They understand.

There is a point to this post and I got off track, as normal. I want my friends to know that Emily is just like their kids. And I wanted to share a maddening toddler story. For some reason yesterday, the red hair was coming through. I don’t know if she wasnt’ feeling well or what but she was just frustrated and angry. I thought the nap would help but I think it made it worse. Before dinner, she got mad at her doll stroller and she BIT it. Yes, you read that right. She BIT it. I don’t know why, I was just glad that it wasn’t my leg that had her teeth clamped down on. Then, as we were getting ready for bed, she got mad at me. She hit me in the shoulders and scratched my face. I was stunned!!! I don’t know how to deal with this! I am not used to it. So I am like every other parent on the planet, muddling through, trying to find what discipline program works best for us.

My friend Chris gives the best words of advice that I hear in my brain every day- “NEVER, ever negotiate with terrorists.” And your toddler is a little terrorist. They see your weak points. You give in once or twice and it’s all over. Might as well hand over the keys and hide in your bed, under the covers!

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