Amy - posted on 09/13/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )
I have a little girl who just completely turned 2 and a 3 1/2 girl. My youngest is truly in the terrible 2 stage and I try to be very patient with her demands and set appropriate boundaries ....but she often will throw things, hit me ( even has bitten me! ) and scream as loudly as she can if does not get her way. I have done timeouts and she refuses to stay seated. I return her to her spot tell her it's a timeout and if she continues I return her and do not acknowledge her. Since, timeout is only 2 min I spend the whole time trying to get her to sit. I started giving her a timeout in her crib and that seems to work a little better, but the whole thing upsets my older daughter and she is becoming competitive for my attention. Also, bedtime is also a struggle. She only wants me to dress her and lay her down after a bath. Attempting to dress her older sister, while my husband dresses her leads to screaming and her trying to hurtle all 27 lbs of body weight at me. Should we just continue to have my husband lay her down? She used to get so worked up she would vomit. Now the screaming lasts no more than 15mins , but both girls bedrooms are right next to eachother. I do rock her for a little bit before bed, as well as my husband does....even when asleep her eyes will pop open and she'll start screaming when put in her crib. Any suggestions? Should I stop rocking her and stick with my husband laying her down for a while? Sometimes, it really wears on me and my husband too!