Such as, when Ash decides that part of being two is throwing all-out rebellious, screaming, kicking, red-faced tantrums. I couldn't just ignore it either. Who wants their child to think that this is an acceptable way to get what they want? Um. Not me.
The first episode was after I had asked her to come eat some lunch. She decided to have this fit on the stairs. I didn't have the best hold on her, yet despite her obvious desire to throw her dramatic self down those stairs I caught her. And I spanked her. Then I put her in the corner. I haven't really spanked her before. I've swatted her, but that only wounds one's pride. I really want her to remember that trying to break her neck on the stairs is NOT good. She seemed quite agreeable and happy once she had calmed down. Ate her lunch like a champ. I thought maybe she'd learned her lesson.
Nope. When it was time to put on her boots and leave Nana's house, she pitched it (minus the going limp like a noodle act, thankfully). She got to go to the corner again. It's so much easier to send her to her room when she's yelling, but that wasn't an option in this case.
**sigh** Didn't I just write something about her being a mostly obedient child just a few posts ago? What happened?
Ok, not to exclude anyone, but I'm looking for some ideas here. If there's one thing I've figured out from having kids, teaching kids, and being a big sister to so many kids, it's that using only one form of discipline over and over isn't all that effective. Being consistent about what's ok and what isn't is VERY important, but I need to have more than just the corner or her room as an answer to these awful displays of temper. Is it even possible to teach a two year old that words work better than screaming?
Screaming Pro. Ash at 2 weeks.