Case has hit the terrible twos FOR SURE! I love him to death, and there are more good moments than bad; but when the bad come, they hit hard!! We get temper tantrums, and sometimes what's worse, just flat out ignoring us! Tanner, bless his heart, is such a trooper. He has to listen to Case's screaming, and our "No!"s everyday. Tanner doesn't seem to think twice about it, he just goes with the flow. It seems to me like his big brother would be driving him nuts! Good thing I'm not in his shoes!
Do you other moms feel like you aren't getting through to your kids? I feel like we address the same issues on a daily basis, and nothing changes. My mom was very encouraging today. She said "Oh, you're getting through!" She also said this will probably last for a couple years. So, I should know that I am getting through to him, even if I can't see it yet. He will learn! I got off the phone with my mom, and told Matt that she told me what I needed to hear. It's not easy to discipline in the first place, then to not see the results right away is just discouraging. I just needed a little push to keep going, and it will be worth it in the end.
Proverbs 22:6 says "Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old, he will not depart from it." I can't help but read that and think, "so, if I do my best, do I get the 'worthy effort' stamp, and my kids will turn out alright?" All I know is I have to stick with it. They will learn what is right and wrong from Matt and me. Then, I'll just have to trust that they will make the right decisions in life with what they learned. So, if you are in this boat with me, BE ENCOURAGED!!:)
On a lighter note, I just have to share what is probably my favorite conversation with Case yet. Last night, he was in the bathtub, and had been playing for about 10 or 15 minutes. He had not actually bathed yet. Matt was making cookies, and Case heard the timer on the oven go off. Case: "What's Daddy doing, Ma?"
Me: "He's making cookies"
Case: "I want a cookie"
Me: "You have to finish your bath first"
Case: "I'm done, Ma!"
I loved that he could've played all night, until he realized he could have a cookie instead! I completely underestimate how much he understands. Even though the discipline part of this stage is rough, it is so worth it!!