January 29, 2013

Toddler Tales (2): Power Struggle

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Lately, everything is a battle with Little Dude. It takes an enormous amount of effort to get him to take a bath, eat and get his diaper changed. He will not sit in his stroller. He will not sit in his car seat. He will not sit. And he doesn't even say "No" yet! I was getting really worried before I read on my BabyCenter bulletin that the 15 month mark is a major developmental milestone. This is around the time kids realise that they are independent human beings and that they have free will. And they will exercise that free will until we just give in. Many parents would prefer beginning the discipline lessons right about now, teaching them what is acceptable and what not. I think I'll just let him grasp the whole concept of being a separate person first. This is the first step, probably, to un-gluing himself from me and it's about time! For now, the power struggles continue, and I'm just letting him win!

(Toddler Tales is a new category of posts that I am writing as snippets, about what I'm learning every day from my little one. Here's the previous one.)

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  1. Oh we are on the same boat! Bed time is the worst time for me. I mean I'm already exhausted from working the whole day and I just want to have some "me time" before going to bed. But no, she has other plans. She would cling to me, nurse then play then nurse then play...not wanting to sleep.
    by the time she dozes off...I'm ready to hit the sack myself. zzzzz

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    1. You just described what happens to me at bedtime!

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  2. well i think it is good we should let him to his exploration and understanding...give wings for his free will::)

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  3. I feel the same way but I have a 13 year old! Hang in there! Here from the blog hop! So nice to meet you!

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    1. Thank for visiting, Heather! You're talking about a time far removed from my thoughts! I can only think of the next day...

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  4. Visiting from the Feb. blog hop! Love the title of your blog and love this post. Right now my twin boys are almost 3 and the discipline is SO hard. They cry and are frustrated all the time (it seems). So hard. Hang in there!

    Kerrie
    www.familyfoodandtravel.com

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    1. Thanks Kerrie! Must be double the fun with twins...Hopping over to your blog now!

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