It just happened for me with my preschooler, or if it ever happened before, I'm not remembering it. Sure, I've gotten frustrated with her plenty of times, or really disliked something she was doing or the way she was acting. I've been embarrassed now and then in public by her behavior, though thankfully not often. But I'm talking about actually pissed off, in an adult sense.
I wanted my daughter to look for a missing puzzle piece so it wouldn't stay on the floor for the dog to find and chew up. The task would have taken her half a minute or less, but she refused and went on messing with her Hello Kitty tattoos and watching Diego on TV. I don't know, I guess she was just being four, but it hit me wrong because I spend my days doing zillions of things for her, which is perfectly right and natural for a mom to do. Selfishness and laziness tend to get me riled up anyway. I didn't react to my feelings or even take the tattoos away and turn off the TV, which maybe I should have. I just said fairly calmly that next time she asked me to do something--and it will be something non-essential like playing Littlest Pet Shop or getting a glass of lemonade, not cooking her dinner or the like--I wouldn't do it. I won't, either. I'll remind her that she refused to help me look for the missing puzzle piece and then, probably after she's had a hissy fit, ask her how it feels to have someone refuse to help her when she wants it and it would be easy to do.
The anger passed in just a few minutes, but it sort of took me by surprise. So do you remember the first time your kid made you angry for real, not just frustrated with his or her behavior?
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