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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tantrums have lessoned a bit, but moodiness, attitude, and screaming seem to have increased. It's hard to try to distract her with other things to improve her mood. Seems like she gets stuck in a bad mood and is that way for a while. I usually try to be calm and understanding because I think it's just the "terrible twos", and that "this too shall pass". But sometimes she seems to respond better to a commanding authoritative voice, or when she hears frustration (or being fed up) in my voice. Is that why many mothers end up just yelling at their kids all the time? They don't seem to listen when you're being nice. They push you until there's no more Mr. Nice Guy. I always envisioned being a kind and gentle mother. But I think I get trampled on that way. I'm sure part of it depends on the temperment of the child. I guess I have to find a healthy balance between being kind and firm.

On a positive note, she is doing really well playing independently, which was something that I wished for just a few months ago. She gives me lots of time to take care of the new baby, and to do some cooking, cleaning, and paperwork. I feel bad sometimes and miss spending lots of time with her. I don't want to miss her childhood, or the times when she wants to hang out with me because I know it decreases over the years. But I really appreciate having the time to take care of my baby boy and get other things done.

She's becoming a little diva, too, and I don't mean just attitude. She turns on some music, stands up on her stool, like a little soap box, and starts singing to the ballad with emotion in her face, hand gestures, and everything. I just picture her like one of those child prodegies on America's Got Talent.

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Comment By LittleThings
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:33 AM
Unfortunately there is no such thing as a free lunch. Seems like we "pay" for all her independent play. The whole day she asks "Where is Daddy?". She can't wait for him to come home because he gives her lots of attention, unlike me, who always seems preoccupied with doing other things throughout the day. Then when Daddy comes home, she won't leave him alone.

And I notice she is getting less and less interested in me, even at night, and asking for Daddy when she first wakes up in the morning. I remain just a comforter when she gets hurt, and a someone to snuggle with when she goes to sleep. Although it's not really me she snuggles with, it's my belly. And when I get tired of her "tickling" my belly all night, and close it off, she gets upset basically doesn't want to have anything to do with me anymore.

I just have to maintain a good balance of spending time with her during the day. But it's hard because if you give her an inch, she takes a mile. When I devote a fixed amount of time to spend with her, she never wants me to do anything else with her. So it ends up being pretty much all or nothing. I do read her books and do some projects with her during the day, but I pretty much stay out of her way most of the day so she can play with her dolls and such. Seems to keep us both sane for the most part.

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