Monday, March 29, 2010

I forgot that three year olds are evil.

I haven't posted here before, but I am going to start. It is a way to start to log some of the parenting stuff that I can't really go into on my blog (because my kids read my blog but don't know about this one yet...).

Can someone remind me where the magic button is on my three year old to make her stop being so sullen, stubborn and defiant? I can't seem to find it. On the one hand I am thrilled for her to hit a developmental milestone on time after being behind for so many years, but the reality is that she is a STINKER--my hardest kid yet.

Time outs don't work. She could care less about getting vinegar on her tongue (always worked with the others), we do 1, 2, 3, etc. I feel like my tried and true things are not working. Any suggestions? What worked for you? I think I just need a refresher course before I duct tape her to her bed and not let her out until she is 9.

7 comments:

Bek said...

Ok, I didn't read Queen's post a bit down... she asked the same thing...

hmmm..... maybe it is three....

La Yen said...

For Jooj I had to count down backwards--she just didn't know that five was the limit. But counting five to one got her attention.

I hated three. The best part of it was the 4 hours a day she was in preschool.

AzĂșcar said...

Three is really hard. I have no pearls of wisdom, just a hug.

AzĂșcar said...

A hug which I will KEEP TO MYSELF!

Queen Scarlett said...

I honestly believe that's why they come so darn cute. So we don't eat our young... ;-)

Threes in our house are... crrraaaazy.

All I can say is... they come smarter, stronger and much more stubborn and full of their own chutzpah than any other generation.

... ps. if you find the magic button please let me know! ;-)

dalene said...

i loved carina's comments, by the way.

and queen, yes:

"I honestly believe that's why they come so darn cute. So we don't eat our young..."

terrible twos? bah humbug. i think the odd number years are worse. three...thirteen. which means i'd better hold on to my hat because next year i have 11, 15, 19 and 21. coulda planned that better, i suppose.

no wisdom here, but plenty of empathy and another hug. a wise friend of mine used to constantly tell me, "this too shall pass." there is both hope and and a little bit of sorrow in those words.

FoxyJ said...

My little boy is turning four tomorrow and I keep hoping that means he is turning over a new leaf. Discipline of any kind does not phase him at all. Lately I've been trying more positive attention and more positive reinforcement for good things. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't. I'm also counting down until he goes to preschool in a few months...