Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Strong Willed Child: A Case Study

As I may have previously mentioned, oh, here among other places, we are having some issues with the bouncy member of our family, AKA Tigger. Personal issues. Obedience issues. Control issues.

Lord, give me patience.

Or mercy.

Or self-control.

Long-suffering would be good, too, Lord.

I, and here my naivete may be showing, fondly thought we were almost through the "terrible twos". After all, Tig's big birthday, yes the big 0-3, is this Friday.

But no. She is fighting her daddy and me on every front. And in between, um, episodes she is just as cute and loveable and sweet as a little girl could be. And yet my beautiful baby has turned into the Temper Tantrum Queen. Not in public, I'm
confusedhappy to report, just at home.

And today she cut her hair (you knew that was coming, right?). Then - with the evidence on the floor before me - she denied having cut it. As if a fairly good sized hank 5 inches long of reddish-blond strands just decided today was their day for freedom. Sob. After a serious talk she admited cutting it. I sent her to her room as I cleaned up the hair with a lump in my throat. When Prince Charming came home (early, due to a frantic call from me) from work he, ahem, disciplined her and spoke to her about it. Then he took her to the lady that cuts his hair to see what could be done. Me? I remained home and tried to pull myself together.

So, $8 later, her hair is now cut. She's still cute as can be, though the hair stylist suggested barrettes on the side might be a good idea for awhile. She seems to regret her tresspass. But what next? I don't remember this type situation when Polly was Tigger's age, although maybe those are the brain cells I lost while in labor with Sweet Pea. Hey, it could've happened.

Any advice, anyone?

Meanwhile, I've decided I need to borrow a book from my parents, The Strong Willed Child. Maybe Dr. Dobson can shed some light on this situation. And, just out of curiousity, I wonder why my parents own that particular book? Must be because of my younger sisters. Right. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

1 comment:

Amy D said...

Oh my goodness!!! I've been wishing I could find someone in the great big blog world who had some strong will.... issues.
Didn't know I had one bookmarked in my 'homeschool' folder all along! Lol.
My eldest turned 4 in August. I haven't blogged about it yet, but he is extremely strong-willed. Very sweet, but very stubborn. We had a meeting of the wills just last night. I eventually won, but I'm sad to say my little buddy will probably never in his life like cherry pie. :o Lol. (sort of)
Anyway...I'd love to compare notes with you sometime!

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