Who needs a teenager when you have a 2-year-old?
I recently talked about how baby CJ is Being Sweet and Cuddly and how it is attached to him being sort of clingy.
Well, about a few weeks ago, baby CJ has been acting out. He seems to have entered a screaming screech phase along with ignoring everything I say.
While out at the stores, after about 5 minutes of being in there, he will try to reach for everything in the aisles and if he cannot get it or I do not give it to him, he will scream. But it’s not like a cute aww poor baby scream. NO. It’s screaming BLOODY MURDER! I try to console him and talk to him to try to get him to stop and he does it LOUDER.
I really don’t mind, I rather have him scream it out than give in to whatever he wants because he will expect it every time. However, people often look at me like, ‘Did she beat that poor baby?’, even though they do not know how fake this scream is and not to mention, those are really dangerous assumptions.
Something that seems to work, is reverse psychology. I started doing this thing where I say, ‘Why don’t you scream louder?’ Sometimes it works on the first try and sometimes it works on the second, ‘Scream louder, people can’t hear you’. It sounds like it would have the opposite effect, but it doesn’t. How funny are toddlers?!
If all fails, depending on how far along we are with our shopping, I either give him something to hold and try to hurry to be finished or if I think we reached a good stopping point, we simply leave. I find that after he has been screaming for a good amount of time (with crocodile tears etc.) and nothing gets him to stop leading us to leave, within 5 minutes of getting home, he will pass out and nap for a couple hours. Not always, but for the most part.
I feel so bad sometimes when he wants something and he won’t stop screaming, but seriously baby CJ, you cannot play with that glass bottle! I know he’s still too young to understand that things break and some things are not for babies, and if it takes screaming bloody murder for him to get over it, I’m ok with it.
Another thing that he just started doing is pretending not to hear me. He likes standing right in front of the TV and every time I tell him to back away and sit on the couch, he doesn’t even blink. No matter how many times I tell him. He magically hears me when I tell him if he doesn’t back away, I’m putting him in his room. But then, 5 minutes later we’re back to the same cycle. I cannot stress to him that he is too close to our 50 inch TV and he can clearly see it from the couch that is less than 10 feet away.
Dealing with a toddler is so much harder than dealing with an infant! And you can’t even ground them because they don’t know and there’s really nothing to take away, other than their toys and then they still won’t care. At least mine doesn’t!
Sometimes I just want to yell, ‘Help me!’ Haha.
Has your little one been through the terrible two’s? If so, how did you manage?