Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Yes, it has been a LONG time

I pretty much gave up on this blog awhile back, figuring I was past it, moving on into a new phase that didn't need a blog. And I guess I am still kind of in that mindset. But I do like to regularly check back in to see what my remaining blog friends are up to.

The past few months have been a little rocky. Our youngest - Kate - who is now 3 (yes! 3!) has become the poster child for temper tantrums. When she isn't in the throws of a temper tantrum, we are tiptoeing around her in fear of setting her off, which is absolutely no way to live. Yesterday she had 4 full blown temper tantrums.

Hubby and I are clueless about how to deal with it - we've tried everything we can think of. Ignoring. Hugging. Reasoning. Threatening. Punishing. Taking away. Rewarding. And, yes, spanking. Nothing works. We've turned her doorknob around so we can lock her in her room. We did have a child proofer on it, but she figured out how to get it off. I know that, like all things, this shall pass. But that doesn't provide much reassurance at this point. I've even googled "toddler boarding schools." Yes, that's how bad it has gotten.

On a happier note, Emma is a joy (most of the time). She turned 5 last month, is making great progress with reading, is playing soccer and taking ballet and tennis lessons. She makes jokes (albeit mostly dumb, silly ones), is kind, and still likes to snuggle. We are hoping that Kate will take some clues from her!

They both look very sweet here in this Easter picture!


  1. Pretty girls!

    I've got nothing but outsourcing 3 as much as possible as per Ames & Ig. Good luck!

  2. Nice to see you post again! I also am only very sporadically on here, but am going to try to post a couple times a year just to have a record of life with K.
    Sorry to hear the 3s are rough. Have you read the usual books "How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk" and "Parenting the strong-willed child"? I think those are what I've seen other Moms recommend.
    We got off easy with K who only ever had very rare tantrums. Hope it's a short-lived phase!

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