I don't know when my child turned into "that" child in a perpetual state, but I feel like that is where we are going, and this momma is at the end of her rope trying figure out how to hault this freight train of the terrible two's!
"That" child came out in full force this past weekend. We had tickets to the SF Giants game and decided to stay the weekend and try and do some fun things as a family. Don't you just hate when you have this picture in your head of how things are going to go and it all comes crashing down as you realize it looks NOTHING like that. Well that was how our weekend was.
The night before I asked her to take a picture with sister, and this was her reaction- for a good 30 minutes, until we just gave up.
And then, it all came to a head on Pier 39 after the Exploratorium, after lunch. I was torn all day between wanting my daughter to experience some fun things and keeping her in check when she acted like she was losing her mind. In a way I feel like I set her up. We bought our tokens for the Carousel and I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach that this probably wasn't going to end well.
I think it is especially devastating because there are times when I see my sweet, beautiful, spirited child. I don't want her to be angry, unable to express herself. I don't want her to feel like screaming and hitting is the only way to get what you want and I don't know if this is just normal two-year old behavior. She is not spanked and we try incredibly hard not to yell at her, so she doesn't see that behavior from anyone else.
She is not in preschool and doesn't have a whole lot of interaction with other kids, which I am starting to think is part of the problem as well.
Advice, please. TIA.