Thursday, July 22, 2010

Toddler Taming

It's been all about Vance lately. Here's a Vaughnie story:

After wrestling her out of the library and into her car seat yesterday I emailed Justin to report that I was going to be Googling "Tough Love for Toddlers" in hopes of finding a nearby program. Surely there has to be some kind of baby boot camp out there. We'd send her away and she'd come back well behaved and calling us ma'am and sir.

No such luck. Turns out no one wants unruly 2 year olds.

The above mentioned bad behavior was triggered by a Fancy Nancy book. She didn't want to give it to the librarian to scan and definitely didn't want to let it go in order to be buckled into her car seat. Apparently, for those who don't know, Fancy Nancy is the epitome of all things girlie. While the words are definitely over Vaughn's head and more geared to older girls, the illustrations caught her eye. Fancy dresses, flowers, BUTTERFLIES! - she's into all that stuff.

Volatile Vaughn, we lovingly call her. One minute she's in a princess dress flitting around the room and next minute she's taking all aggressions out on Vance. We don't understand it either. We just know that we're at the stage now that if we let her get away with ANYTHING it will only come back to bite us. So, we're enforcing all rules with iron fists in hopes of taming our toddler.

Maybe she'll become a field hockey phenomenon. She likes to wear cute skirts and at the same time feels comfortable running and swinging a stick in her defense. Colleges give scholarships for field hockey, right?

4 Responses to “Toddler Taming”

  1. I LOVE the book..1 2 3 Magic!! It is simple and easy and works well usually! It is also good for calming the "mommy fits".

  2. Anonymous3:39 PM

    mixed martial arts for women?

    big mike.

  3. Anonymous7:31 PM

    1 2 3 Magic is fantastic! Super easy to get the hang of and reinforce. You may also want to look at the dvd- 1 2 3 Magic Managing Difficult Behavior in Children 2-12. You may even ask around for a copy to borrow from your school district. Several districts in the area may have the books/dvds to lend to parents.

  4. Anonymous1:40 PM

    If you are wanting to look into 1-2-3-Magic, let me know. I have all the books,and dvds at work. You are more than welcome to use those if you want to try it....I will look to see what else catches my eye from our Parent Lending Library here to help with our little Fancy Nancy!!! Stephanie



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