Tracey - posted on 03/08/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )
We've started a relatively new stage in our terrible two's and I wondered if anyone else has been through this a knows of a positive way to deal with it. Recently, when my son has been told not to do something or to stop doing something (like climbing on things or harassing the animals or even changing his diaper because he doesn't want to hold still) he will actually stop doing it but he also now puffs out his little chest, thrusts his chin in the air, put his hands on his hips and even stand up on his tippy-toes ( i guess trying to make himself bigger then his current 36 inches).Sometimes he'll tell you "NO" and sometimes he just glares at you. Admittedly, this is a much better reaction then the previous one where he would bang his head on the floor or wall, however I would still like to discourage the attitude. I know he's testing me and his boundaries and I'm not out to break his spirit I'm just looking for a good way to handle the situation. The attitude is frustrating, but at the same time watching him puff up like a Tom Turkey or a dog trying to show its dominance is a little funny. If anyone has dealt with a similar situation I would love to hear how you handled it. (even the head banging because we still revert to that at times, and its just disturbing).