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There's a couple of books I want to get...

One is called "Your Four Year Old:  Wild and Wonderful", the other is "Raising Your Spirited Child".  The latter, by the way, was recommended to me by our pediatrician when the dotter was two years old.  Hm.  At the time, I was kind of huffy; now I'm wondering if the pediatrician is some type of psychic or something.

I foolishly crowed in an email to some friends that we had a small victory this week:

This morning, the Dotter was in a clingy bad mood. I was in a bad mood myself because we all woke up late. This combined to a now-rare (yay!) tantrum, which ended with me scooping her up barefooted from the driveway to plop her in her carseat and continued in the car for a while.

BUT!

The small victory is that this evening, when OmegaDad picked her up and was driving her home, she told him, "Daddy? I made a fuss this morning." (Daddy already knew.)

All on her own, no prompting.

Hah.  Famous last words.  Today has been Tantrum Central.  Sigh.  I'm guessing it's yet another developmental spurt making its way out. 

So, to remind myself that, in tandem with the tantrums comes Good Things, a gratuitous pic of the Dotter enjoying herself on our recent trip:

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posted by Kate @ 9/16/2006 11:17:00 PM  
3 Comments:
  • At 9/17/2006 09:52:00 AM, Anonymous Theresa said…

    Our almost 4.5 yr old had one of those complete and utterly scary meltdowns on Friday afternoon. I think the first week back to preschool and the fact that she hasn't taken a nap in about 6 weeks brought it on. Seriously thought the neighbors were going to think I was beating her-she screamed so loud when I gave her a "TV timeout". Thank goodness she did agree to try to take a nap and then slept for nearly 3 hours-and then of course was singing and dancing when she got up.

    Let us know how the Wild and Wonderful book is. I had the one from that series for 3 yr olds "Friend or Enemy?" Love the titles. Never seem to get all the way through the parenting books though. Just feel like I have to take each day as it comes.

    Loved the picture!

     
  • At 9/17/2006 02:01:00 PM, Blogger Julie Pippert said…

    I like the Spirited Child book just for insight.

    It did sure have some ideas that I started using (back when I read it just before 2 when our doctor recommended it LOL!) and they did seem to stave off *most* tantrums and so forth.

    I do find DD more tired and cranky during spurts so I bet you are on to something.

    GL!

     
  • At 9/20/2006 10:59:00 PM, Blogger Kate said…

    All I can say is, it better be one hell of a developmental spurt! Because we've been getting tantrums every day this week. Ack!

    Julie--Now I really have to check the book out. Or tear my hair out. Or something...

     
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