brutal honestly comin' at ya!
as mothers, i feel like sometimes we avoid talking about the hard stuff on our blogs. we show you smiley pictures of our kids and tell you how much fun they are. which is all very true, of course. i mean, i just posted about our time at the ocean. but what you didn't see in that post, were the meltdowns, the tears & frustration.
lately, as my very busy 16 month old continues to push his limits and test the boundaries - i find myself wanting to pull my hair out.
he's quickly slipping into what people refer to as "the terrible two's"... only... he's 1 y/o.
i get so tired of hearing my own voice. "bennett, no no" "bennett stop touching that" "no bennett, we don't do that" "honey can you get down please?" "hey bennett, hey bennett!! hey hey hey... okay he's not listening to me at all". i realize he's only 16 months old but i KNOW that he understands me. and i also know that at this age, their job is to challenge the heck out of their mama's but he's so dang defiant sometimes. lately, it's been tantrum after tantrum after tantrum...you get the point. i can blame it on teething, or maybe he isn't feeling good. but the truth is that i really do think he's just testing me. and i really am losing my marbles.
when is the right time to discipline him? and how? he doesn't respond to little hand slaps, in fact, he thinks it's funny. he doesn't care about "time outs" he just finds something to do to entertain himself wherever i put him. i'm at a loss and i feel like i'm losing a little bit more of my sanity every day.
what is the solution? is there one? he seems to be okay when we are out of the house - and i really do try to get him outside and keep him active whenever i can. but he's even starting to throw tantrums in public. that makes me so sad because up until recently, bennett has never fussed or cried in public.
through all of this, i'm trying to remember to cherish every moment. even that hard ones.
but i'll take any advise or encouragement you have to give!