My strong-willed child is trying to drive me crazy today.
We went outside to work and play in the yard around 9:30. Everything was fine until we went for a walk around 11:15. I had finished putting out 8 bales of pine straw and decided to reward The Muffin by letting her ride one of her toys on our walk. When it was time to go home (because my pregnant body was about to die) she refused to ride back towards our house. I counted to three and infrmed her that I would carry her and her bike back to the house if she didn't cooperate. I only had to take a few steps (Thank You, Sweet Jesus) with her under one arm and the bike under the other before she decided that she would ride the bike back to our house. When I put her back on her bike she asked for me to pray for her. I did and I think it helped for a little bit. She only fell apart about 10 times in between lunch and just now when I declared it was naptime.
I'm sure she is jealous because Big Daddy and I have been so distracted with all of the moving issues and then add those 48-parent-free hours with Nana & Pawpaw. She's out of her routine AND the time had to change on us, too. She's talking back and being very sassy and it's all getting the best of me.
I think I'll pull out my only parenting book ( The New Strong Willed Child) and do a little reading later. I don't apply or agree with all of Dr. Dobson's teachings and ideas, but several of the things that I've applied from the book helped tremendously when we first began the terrible two's. I would have happily shouted "I Love You" if I'd seen him out and about.
Wish me luck...and pray for peace in our household.
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