I feel like I’m about to lose it. My patience is going out the window.
My toddler, Lucas, has been very difficult the last few days. I feel like I can’t control him and I don’t know what to do or how to entertain him. I’m yelling and losing my cool much more than I want to. I’m using threats like “I will put you in time out!” or “I will take that toy away!” much more than normal, even though I feel like they don’t really do anything. I just don’t know what else to say so I start blurting out random things.
I know – or, I’m assuming- this has to do with potty training. I can only assume that since he’s been potty trained for about a week now and this behavior has just started recently.
I am so frustrated and tired from it. I’m frustrated with myself because I don’t know how to handle it or how to discipline in a way that works for him. We (I) don’t spank, but I have slapped his hand after he’s pushed over his brother. I don’t like doing it and I don’t think it does much in terms of taming his poor actions or teaching him a lesson, but I do it because I don’t know what else to do. It’s almost like an immediate reaction.
He is doing things that are so teenager-ish. Saying, “Leave me alone!” and “Go away!” He has been slamming his door to his room and sitting on the other side so I can’t open it.
Right now, as I type this, he has just dumped out a container of those little puff crackers. They are a little old, I’m surprised he still likes them. I don’t even care, because he is quiet right now and he is being so sweet and feeding them to his brother. (I normally don’t blog while they are up and playing, but I had to ramble these thoughts out really quick.) He thinks he’s doing something he’s not suppose to do – since I normally don’t let him dump out crackers and eat them on the couch, so he’s being very quiet.
Oh, I have a thought. I wonder if I change something in his diet it will help? I’ve read about some children that behave differently because of a certain thing they are or aren’t eating. Maybe I should experiment a little and see if he is eating too much sugar or something like that. It’s probably just part of his personality.
I’m putting on a movie for him more than normal because I finally found a movie he likes and will sit still for (Bob the Builder – it’s one that has real pictures of dump trucks and construction sites. It’s pretty cool and dare I say educational?!) and it keeps him out of trouble around the house.
I buy new toys and they give him entertainment for about two days. I try crafts and arts and that last about 6 minutes. I did let him “clean the dishes” the other day (naked) (his choice.) and he enjoyed that for about 45 minutes. He is probably getting bored around the house so he starts mis-behaving. Right?
I know this is just a stage of his and will pass soon.
We do leave the house quite a bit for activities and outside time. I guess I need to do that even more because that’s really when he behaves his best. I know I have two boys and staying at home coloring or doing quiet activities isn’t going to happen often. And, that’s totally fine. I need to find more activities to engage him and keep him entertained!
Okay- peace is over. He’s now throwing crackers everywhere. Gotta go.