Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Oh, yes you DID!

This is what Bryn is wearing today, and it's rather appropriate considering his antics over the past couuple of days... There is a TERRIBLE parenting book out which sports the title, "The Mighty Toddler", and while I'm not happy with all the strategies for dealing with toddler behaviours found in the book, I totally understand the title of the book!

Bryn has discovered his MIGHTY TODDLERHOOD in the past few weeks! Tantrums I can deal with, he's my first to have tantrums at this age, and thank goodness for that because now I'm much more laid back about it than I would have been with Erik or Luey... What I'd FORGOTTEN about was that "Getting into EVERYTHING" stage that occurs around about now (ok, Amanda, La peaked a bit early on that one, hehehe!)...

In the past 48 hours I've realised what a FALSE sense of security I'd developed since Erik and Luey came to the end of pulling EVERY item out of EVERY cupboard, box and container in the house to investigate it.... I've realised it's time to get back to some basic toddler proofing habits... What brought me to this realisation...

First, Bryn decided it would be nice for Mommy if he coloured in her laptop screen with a purple texta, and then added some orange and green flourishes to her keyboard and mouse...

Then, he thought he'd take some photos with her DSLR, but as he couldn't reach the camera itself with his hands, he yanked the cable that mum had it connected to the laptop with, bringing the camera crashing down on the wooden floorboards - luckily the camera has proven to be sturdier than mum gave it credit for...

Finally, on the theme of "technologies", Bryn decided to use Mommy's mobile phone as a swizzle stick in her coffee last night, rendering said mobile completely Fing USELESS!

So, in a little while I'm off to buy a new phone. Meanwhile NO BEVERAGES are to be left unattended, no more textas for the boys unless supervised to prevent sticky fingers Bryn snaffling any surepticiously, and no leaving expensive technologies where Bryn can PLAY with them...


On the UP side, I am very proud of how well I dealt with each of these situations. I didn't lose my cool, I didn't hyperventilate or yell, or drag him screaming from the offended item. I was very calm and philosophical about it all, and I could hardly believe I was ME at all!!! Yay for me!

7 comments:

katef said...

LOL... sorry I am giggling over this! But only because I know exactly how you feel!
I am also glad to hear that your older boys actually got over this stage.. I now live in hope!

Sif said...

ROFL, I thought it might give you a giggle, Kate... Just remember, two years from now...

HipbubbyMama said...

LOL at swizzle stick phone! Liam did this to me at about the same age! :D

Amanda O. said...

Oh dear... *giggles* I feel your pain! Really, truly, deeply, repeatedly, daily, hourly and from minute to minute. *sighs*

loz said...

LMAO oh yes I hear you completely K is tinkering on the edge of mischiefhood man the tantrums are right there though and me no like it but I'd better get used to it fast!

casso said...

He may be getting into mischief but hey he is still as cute as hell! :o) Stoked to hear you 'handled' it all just as you wanted. Go you!

Kristie said...

HAHA.... welcome to my world. Cass can attest to just how destructive and into everything Tara is.

She started that the moment she could crawl.

It's frustrating as hell.

I just let her go now, and clean up afterwards!

Teenagers and the failing parent...