Instant tantrums, power struggles, 30 minute crying fits, whining, talking back is a typical day for me and my 3 year old. My quest for innerpeace is definitely challenged by my spirited daughter on a daily basis. She’s a sweet girl, very cute and when she wants to be – a good girl. However, I don’t know what’s come over her these days. Lately, she’s been driving me up a wall, leaving me feeling frustrated, anxious and vunerable. Is it me? Is it her age? Am I not listening to her?
I used to say I wasn’t going to be “that parent.” Before I had kids, I thought I was going to be a great mom who listens to my children, which would prevent any type of ill behavior. Um, yeah, I was wrong! I do everything in my power to keep her calm, happy and healthy, but kids will be kids. My husband and I are trying our best to strike a balance between having the upper-hand and letting her express herself, but quite honestly, it’s not working to our benefit!
I know it’s a phase that will pass shortly, but in the meantime, let’s pray that I make it out with some sanity!
This isn’t an easy situation and after discussing it with other moms last night, I’m not the only one. Bottom line: it’s a difficult age and I’m going to have to suck it up, not let my frustration get the best of me and BREATHE when times get rough.