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Help me thru these terrible twos!!! (piog)

Posted by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM
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My son is 22 months. He's been going thru the "terrible twos" since about 16mons & it just keeps getting worse. I dont know what to do with him. My DD was easy at this age, still is. but my son is ridiculous LOL. He climbs on everything, gets into everything, tells me no, whines "mama" all the time, hits his sister, throws things, gets mad when I put him in his highchair cuz he wants to sit at the little kids table with his sister, but when I let him sit at the table he just gets down to go play. he doesnt eat...and the list goes on & on. I've spanked him & done time out, he doesnt care. he whines & cries then gets up & does it all over again. I'm going crazy here!!! I know it's the age & part of being a boy, but I need some advice on handling it. whats the best way to discipline him, & what other tips & advice can u give me? Thanks!

          busy momCrystal  margarita time
*Single, working, loving mom to Madison - 3 1/2 & Danny - 19mons

by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM
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by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Time out works great for us.  Good luck and be consistant!

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by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 10:34 PM

You sound like a caring mom and so your children are fortunate.  You are putting in a lot of effort and doing the best you can.

To me it sounds like your 2 year old is acting in a way that is typical (and challenging). He still wants to be a baby (he actually still is) and wants to be "big" like his older sibling and you.  He wants to see what it's like to sit at the table.  This only takes him a minute and then he's off to explore something else.  Let him.  You and your other child can continue to sit at the table and eat and chat.  This brief time together will be good for you both as you keep one ear open for your 2 year old.  When he sees that being at the table is enjoyable he eventually will stay longer.

If he hits you or his sibling, take quick calm action by stating no, no and then walk away.  Hug his older sibling (if she got hit) and the two of you walk away.  Your 2 year old will learn that hitting will not get attention or results and that the person that got hit will get a hug.

It would be a good idea to spend one on one time with him perhaps taking a walk or going to the play ground, just the two of you.

Also, it is important to spend one on one time with your older child - maybe a special lunch you both prepare and eat together while your 2 year old is napping.

My four children continually challenged my sanity but now they are grown up and I believe I now challenge them!   I guess it's my age.

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