So I am now the proud momma of a toddler. And I have NO clue what I'm doing, haha! The "terrible twos" have come early and I've been caught off guard. I guess I thought I had more time to figure out my discipline style... I'm having a hard time with how to handle certain situations. I know to redirect when she starts having a "tantrum". That's easy enough when we're playing or whatever. And if she continues the unwanted behavior, I usually actively ignore her and she'll eventually move on to something else when she realizes it's not getting her anything.
But I don't know what to do about her behavior when we're eating. She throws her food/cup/utensils on the floor and I know that's completely normal behavior, but I don't know how to respond to that. If I pick up her cup, it turns into a game. If I ignore the behavior, she screams and also doesn't have water anymore. I've tried saying, "no" in a stern voice or, "do not drop your cup" and then when she does it again, I take it away. But I really don't like taking her water away....
Another thing is her impatience (again, I know this is normal, but don't know how to handle it). If I'm taking too long to cut up her food, she'll start screaming and kicking. I try to have her food ready ahead of time, but sometimes that's not practical and I have to do it while she waits. I usually ignore the screaming, but she doesn't stop so I feel like I'm teaching her that it's okay to scream because it eventually gets her what she wants.