So, the temper tantrum. I thought we hit this milestone about 6 months ago. Yet now looking back I realize that those were just minor moments of frustration that don’t come near to the full-blown (kicking of the feet & arching of the back) tantrums that Waverly is so talented at now. They totally are just like the movies, or like the ones I saw kids do at the mall or grocery store a few years ago convinced that this would never, ever happen to me or my sweet future child. 😉
Honestly, I definitely feel like disclipline is the one area of parenting that challenges me most & that I will continue to struggle with. Being affectionate, reading stories, having tea parties, making food out of holiday shapes … those things I can handle. Yet being the “strong” voice of authority is totally not me, I so wish I could just opt out of this part of parenting & leave it to the hubs.
With that being said, I definitely want to raise a daughter who is polite, sweet, & well-rounded, and I know that has to start now & with me. What I have found works best for us is consistency. More & more everyday I realize how smart Waverly really is, she knows exactly what she should do (& shouldn’t) and loves to test us. We have found that most of her tantrums are a result of frustration, so if we kneel down, tell her no while gently holding her face & giving her a few minutes … it usually will calm her down & let our life return to its normal routine. 🙂
My friend Meg recommended the book Positive Discipline: The First Three Years, I am really looking forward to finding the time to read it. I am all about trying to raise Waverly in the most positive environment possible, I always try to find the best in situations & I want her to be the same way. I have also found that as a working mom, the last thing I want to do when we get to reunite in the afternoons is to discipline or be negative (more like love on her as much as possible). So I’m hoping to learn a lot from this book & also from all of you, as I do all of the time through the support of this blogging community!!
Waverly & I will be signing off for the next few days, we are off to celebrate my sister’s college graduation & Mother’s Day while we are there! We are so excited for some quality family time, I can’t wait for multiple days to do nothing but be with my favorites.
If you would like to link-up with us today or any of the Thursdays to come, you can click below or visit any of the participating mamas blogs (also listed below). The topics for the next few weeks can be found in this post & The One Year & Beyond Logo is on my sidebar, so feel free to download & use in your own post. A special thank you to Sara & Heather for setting this up, I love the idea behind it & am so lucky to be a part of it!
Of course, the HAPPIEST Mother’s Day to all you sweet mamas, I wish you the sweetest weekend that you obviously deserve!