is my little girl testing me

Carol - posted on 01/21/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi my name is carol. i have two kids bailey who is 2 and a half, and my little girl who is 18 months. my problem is that every time we go shopping she wants me to carry her.she wont go in the trollie. I have to hold her and force her to get into the trollie i have tried getting her donutes for her to eat while she sits in the trollie it works for able 10 minutes and then she is screaming and trying to climb out. At home i have a naughty corner in place and it works a treat neither of them will move from the corner at home, i have put my son in the naughty corner down town once and i had no other choice when he gets angry and starts kicking me he can hit and kick really hard so i had no other choice, but i got the worst look for other mums and older people more then anything but he has never played up down town again, i guess my question is do you all think that if you saw a mother down town that put there kid in the naughty corner and they were crying and shuting what would you think of the mother- am i a bad mother for doing it and should i just do it so that she understands that she cant act different ways here or at home. or does someone have another way.

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Becky - posted on 01/22/2009

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Boy can I relate! My daughter is almost 3 and has tested me from the moment she could! I use time out at home, so I have to improvise when I'm out and about. First I stoop to her level, hold her arm and tell her gently but firmly that she may not (whatever it is) and that this is a warning. The next time I put her in a time out wherever we're at! I ignore her for 2 minutes. I have to ignore the looks from others. But honestly, I've only had to do this a couple of times in public. She knows I mean business. Hope that helps! Good luck!

Keli - posted on 01/21/2009

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I have had the same trouble with my 18mth old little boy, he has a shocking temper and it seems to come out at the shops all the time. I guess I found that you just have to ignore the looks you get from other people, it's their problem not yours. I found by just ignoring him or if it's a real bad one I take him into the parents room until he calms down, but I still put hm in the corner and explain that he can't behave that way even when we're out.

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