Anyone else living there?
Lately it has gotten particularly challenging. Jordan thinks it's funny when I tell her not to do something. She has even started covering her ears and giggling as she runs away. WHERE did she learn that??? She thinks time out is fun. Yesterday I finally tried popping her bottom after two time outs just to have her return to doing what she was not supposed to be doing... she laughed right in my face. Today she had a meltdown because I put a few goldfish on her tray and she didn't want them. When she doesn't want food she hands it back to you but I was putting dishes away so she cried with them in her hands until I took them from her. Then she had an all out fit for 30 minutes (you know, the kinds where you are convinced the become possessed by evil force) all because I needed to wipe her face, and hands then change her diaper and get her dressed for her nap. We were both in tears by the end of it (blaming pregnancy hormones for this). I even had to give myself a time out during all of this because I was just so flustered.
There are some books that were recommended to me that address discipline. I think it's time I get them. I really want to find alternatives to spanking but I have no idea what to do when me talking to her calmly and time outs don't work. How do you reason with a toddler?!