life with a two year has proven to be quite interesting and difficult, if I'm being honest.
Joe and I are usually at a loss of what to do and how to react to most situations Genevieve puts us in.
She is definitely full of spice.
I have been reading up on "positive parenting" and trying to give her positive attention for doing good things and trying to show her what to do instead of the negative behavior.
I've also been trying to stay extremely calm and patient, so she can't feed off my negative energy
the key word here is "TRY"
I remember my parents always saying "you didn't come with an instruction manual"
now I totally get what they meant.
Joe and I want so badly to do it right and seem to fall short, very short on most days.
Everyone is a PERFECT parent before they have kids
before I had Genevieve I always thought:
oh my kids will never hit
never say "no"
never scream in public
etc. etc. etc.
well unfortunately, with all our best efforts genevieve
tends to hit, a lot.
"no" is one of her most used words
and she screams in public, sometimes.
Around our house these are our most common phrases:
us: "genevieve, do we hit?"
g: "no, we hug!"
us: "genevieve, what is the proper way to ask?"
us: "genevieve, do we say no?"
g: "no, say yes mommy"
us: "genevieve do we scream inside?"
g: "no outside" followed by tiny little screams instead
us: "genevieve do we touch?"
g: "no look with eyes"
this is genevieve looking at her nutcrackers daddy brought her home from Germany
looking with her eyes, not her hands
if it is too quiet she has usually crawled up on the piano to "look" with her eyes
which on most occasions tends to be very difficult.
(don't ask me why she is naked, with just a bib on, she is two)