You’ve heard me bellowing from the rafters about the difficulties of parenting a now three year old. Well, something like that if Twitter and Facebook are rafters and my complaints can be considered bellows. I know you’ve read about the behavior issues we’re facing when it comes to “Daddy Time“.
I was in a daze a month or so ago when I wrote about how hunk-dory everything was with Alexa’s acceptance of a new baby in her life and her house. Well I was wrong…the cheerfulness has left the building. Now there are so many tantrums, so many tears, so much sensitivity (mine and hers), and so much jealousy. There are so many variables at play right now I don’t even know where to start.
Honestly, when it’s good is SO good. Alexa is at an age now where she’s so smart and so sweet most of the time. She can vocalize how she feels and tells you she loves you with such emotion you know she’s not just reciting the phrase back at you. She hugs and cuddles with ferocity. The other side of the coin is that these wide ranging emotions go to a dark place. She gets so upset it sometimes takes an hour to talk her down. If I can catch it before it starts (and I’m in a good mental place at that specific moment) a tantrum can be squashed be for it starts. Other times we either fight it out (she wins because fighting with a toddler is an exercise in futility) or I keep a calm head and walk her through the stages of the issue at hand.
Because I know she’s capable of reason I think some basic behavior charts are in order soon. Alexa chose this chart from Pinterest last week and I need to make it. I’m also thinking of assigning some chores to work into this whole deal so she knows what’s expected of her and can earn her own special items. Assigning value of some sort to her actions and responsibilities might make my life a little easier. If it works then YAY. If not, it’s worth a shot. I’m hopeful since the Potty Chart full of stickers was a success!
I’ll write more about the success (or otherwise) with this new idea, in the meantime, check out my Pinterest Board of Behavior Charts.