HELP me with my 27 month old!!

Angel - posted on 11/12/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi....my toddler is out of control. She is 27 months old and there are multiple things.

1. She won't listen...at all. She's sneaky-gets into my purse when I'm sleeping at 5:30 a.m. and gets 5 pieces of gum (purse is way up on the kitchen counter and pushed back and she gets a step stool and climbs up there-I found my purse and all it's contents all over my kitchen floor this morning). Time outs don't work-I try and try and try-every day and it doesn't work with her. She's so stubborn!!!

2. She won't let me read to her-ever. I haven't been able to read a book to her probably since she was born..maybe a couple. Now, she liked to look at books-has books in her bed, occasionally likes to sit down and point out picture books and say the words so that's good but I can't actually read more than 1 page of a story book to her. And, when I try to read to Big Sister (5 years old) she screams and kicks her and hits the book out of my hand. Huge Temper Tantrum.
3. Carrying her....I cannot carry this child everywhere yet she throws a huge tantrum...most times she wants to walk on her own but then there are times when she won't walk and wants to be picked up. This is not doable when we are leaving to take sister to school and we have to go. So, I know it's backtracking because I'm giving in to her and just pick her up and put her in the carseat when I want her to walk but I don't know what else to do. I can't let big sis be late to school every day.

I should mention that she is alone with me every morning and half that time, I spend all the time to her usually...playing, coloring or just being in the room with her and folding laundry and singing songs while she's playing with a toy. When Sister gets home from school, we have lunch when we come home and then they have quiet/nap time. When they get up it's time to play and I prepare dinner....then bath or shower time and bedtime.

Another thing I should mention-Dad is gone from Sunday through Friday night...so I'm basically a single mom during the week with only Saturday with some help. No one to help me. Our neighbors watch the girls (thank GOD for them moving in...such nice people) from time to time to give me a bit of a break, but I'm at my wits end with her! This "phase" has been going on since she was a baby....and so different from my oldest.

I love my kids but I'm so looking forward to her starting preschool next year just so I can get a break from her and I feel like that sounds awful :(

Angel

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Lori - posted on 11/12/2010

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Don't worry it's not awful to want to have a break from your child. It's actually healthy. Do you have a place in the community where she can play, such as the YMCA, McDonald's playground, park, etc. Maybe it will help get some of the energy out. I take my boys to the YMCA and let them play while I work out and it keeps me quite sane. Also, if they have a Mother's Day Out program at a local church then you should send her there twice a week or so.

When my boys were small, I used to go to a huge mall and and walk around it with them in the stroller. HTH

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