Re: controling attitude and anger?
I could have written that post. I've been a much more angry person since I had kids, and it's only gotten worse with my 2-year-old. My 6-year-old and I clashed sometimes, and he was a dreadful sleeper, but basically he was an easy toddler. I don't remember many tantrums, and the terrible twos just didn't happen, so I was completely unprepared for the second child. My 2-year-old is SUCH a handful, and we've been in the terrible twos for what seems like forever. He fights me at diaper changes and when I'm putting clothes on him or taking them off (seriously? You pitched a fit when I put the shirt on this morning, now you don't want it off?) Whenever he doesn't get his way, or doesn't like what's going on, he screams at the top of his lungs. He gets into everything, and I know it's natural curiosity, but cleaning up his messes. If we're at a restaurant and the food doesn't come fast enough, he screams; when he's finished, he wants to get down and run amok, and when we don't let him do that, he screams, so half the time I leave my meal to take him out to the car so he won't bother the other diners. It's gotten so that I don't want to go anywhere with him, because I know it will end up being a miserable experience. He's also a runner. Ran away from me at the grocery store today, escaped my parents' house with his cousin at Thanksgiving and went wandering in the street. It doesn't help that I'm 42 and don't have the energy I used to have. I'm worn out and frustrated by the end of every.single.day. and I feel like I yell constantly.
~kathryn~ quilter, lazy gardener, wife to Joe, SAHM to sweet, sensitive Sam 3/06 and feisty Alex 11/10
still missing my lost angels - 11/07 * 5/08 * 9/08 * 12/08