Friends, can I tell you how fortunate I feel that my advanced little girl has decided that being 2 is not a prerequisite to displaying Terrible Twos behavior!? Every day I am blessed to practice extreme patience as I experience meltdowns, shrieking, kicking and the occasional bite. On really special days she includes advanced moves like planting her feet against the stroller wheels so I can’t push it, making her body limp so that it becomes impossible to move her and my personal favorite, the dump-the-toys-while-staring-you-down-move.
Take that, Mommy!
The good news is that I haven’t given her away yet. The bad news is that I think we’re going to be stuck here awhile. My gal’s got intelligence + spunk and that leads to LOTS of power struggles. Honestly, it awes me how fast she can flip on and off the tantrum switch – you’d never know it was the same child! Oh, and did I mention that she’s a SAINT for the Nanny?? What’s up with that?!
Genius – all I had to do was calm her inner monster down with some belly breathing! I introduced the concept during a time-out one afternoon. I began by whispering “calm your body down” in her ear a few times. Then I’d take an audible in-breath through my noise and finish with a big sighing exhale. At first she didn’t want anything to do with it, but she changed her tune once I told her the time-out wouldn’t be ending until she tried it.
Granted, she’s not 100% on board yet, but we’ve done it enough times that she understands what we’re doing. To me, that feels like progress. Stay tuned . . . if she continues at the pace we’re going, we’ll be well into meditation before Kindergarten!