Of course the above title is a joke, there isn’t a way to tame toddlers, they are free spirited little souls rightfully so and trying to create boundaries can be like wading through treacle.
Daisy is well into the throes of the ‘Terrible Two’s’ but not in the usual throwing a tantrum in the middle of the supermarket kind of way, with Daisy it’s more a ‘I’m going to do exactly whatever I want even if you say no’ kind of way.
Daisy has always had a fantastic vocabulary since she said her first word, which was ‘Belly Button’ by the way, sentences like ‘me not want to’ , ‘you not tell me no’ and ‘it taste horrible’ are becoming extremely popular with her.
In the past couple of weeks she has learnt how to unlock the back door, open the fridge and help herself to grapes, cheese and whatever she can get her hands on, climb onto her windowsill (windows are locked of course), turn taps on and completely undress herself , all this happens while I’m indisposed feeding Jake !
While a lot of what she does is incredibly funny and impressive it’s also potentially dangerous and I’m sprinting to keep ahead of her escapades, of course we tell her off, explain to her why she can’t do something and try to be reasonable.
How do you discipline a toddler who enjoys going on the ‘naughty step’ (yes we have one, don’t judge) , or who can give you a pretty reasonable argument as to why she did something, how do you stop yourself when your bursting to laugh, because honestly a lot of her escapades are hilarious and impressive !
I’ve come to the conclusion that we will just muddle along, take practical steps like emptying her bedroom of anything she can stand on, and kid ourselves that we are in charge.
Sorry if you thought from the title you thought you were going to find practical steps for taming a toddler or dealing with the terrible two’s , I guess we are just ‘fly by the seat of our pants’ parents, it’s worked for us so far.