Sunday, 22 June 2008

Is this the next 'stage'

Alice is a very sunny-natured girl. She's very chatty, giggly and open and actively enjoys joining in and 'helping' Mummy. So, will someone please explain exactly what has happened this weekend??!! She's 3 1/2 soon, and I do vaguely remember a friend talking about how her little boy turned into a small devil-incarnate around this age.

Alice uses NO and really means it. She deliberately baits her sister. She throws a hissy fit if she isn't given biscuits/sweets/crisps on demand (she never has been but this weekend it has suddenly become an issue) She can sulk, pout and generally paddy about anything she feels like. She's been incredibly disobedient this weekend, totally ignoring things she'd normally just get on with.

Some of it is hard not to laugh at (a little slip of a thing stalking out of the room a la Naomi Campbell is a sight to see - especially in her vile plastic high heels) but some of it is very upsetting and draining. I would love any tips as to how to deal with this one. Oh, and it's obviously hitting just as Florence moves into smiley, compliant toddler. Of course!!

2 comments:

KeepinUnity said...

i wouldnt know what to suggest bunny......

Lindsey said...

Time outs?? Taking a toy away? I've tried it all and *sometimes* those two things work for me. But be prepared to sit her down in timeout about 30000 times during her stay. It makes them mad when you don't give in though....