I was so glad to hear that I'm not alone in this battle right now. Solidarity my three year old mama sisters, solidarity [ps: that is not to suggest I think it will get easier past three, I know better than that. :)].
Isaac began the terrible two's around 18 months and just as a blog friend commented, it's come in waves ever since. We'll have a month or two of fantastic growth and absorption and then BAM it's certifiably insane.
My Mom had been pushing me to read Dobson's The New Strong Willed Child for quite some time and I got it on my phone a few months ago. Reading these pages, filled with stories 1000% worse than what I'm experiencing, coupled with this fabulous reminder that we're in the tunnel, have been very helpful in those intense moments that I barely feel in control.
Isaac LOVES life so much.
He is exuberant.
He is joyful.
He is loud.
He is dirty.
He is amazingly everything I imagined a boy would be.
He loves his brother, amazingly more than I imagined he could.
But with all of that passion and articulation.
He LOVES to make decisions. His decisions. And he doesn't like when they are not catered to. If there is any deviation from our agreed to plans or his unapproved decisions. This is what we get.
Thankfully, the evening that I took these pictures, Isaac and I had a long talk on the way home from my Mom's regarding his need to listen, without a temper tantrum. I told him how sad it makes me to give him time outs and spankings and that I'd rather have fun! I told him that we were going to have a great evening and asked for his compliance.
And, we did, we really did.
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Also, my favorite hobby has become increasingly useful for the major swings we've experienced lately. I always take pictures to remember, everything. Even the things I didn't notice when I was initially taking the picture. When I took Isaac out for his 3 year pictures on his birthday, I asked him to hug me so that I could get us both into the picture. I snagged this image and while my face is not in focus, his is. It's my most favorite picture from the month of April. It is he. And I. An image of my loving boy, which I cling to when sometimes we both forget.
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