Tuesday, June 14, 2011

pictures and a poll

I've successfully gotten my child addicted to television. Does it help the critics out there to know that he only watches PBS and that Super Why (a VERY educational show!) is his favorite?!

Ah...I think this is beautiful...

Doing a little digging in the rocks. He REALLY loves to dig. And I REALLY love that he's not afraid of getting dirty!

This child is so vain that he even poses in his sleep!

A nice visit with cousins David & Samantha and their super cute kids Joseph & Charlotte!

riding the tractor at David & Sam's. Not a clear picture, I know, but he loved it!

What better way to end the string of pictures than with a picture of Scott and Max on our way to Brandi & Dakota's wedding in May?

P.S. - a poll question. If your child went through the "terrible twos," when did it start, how long did it last and do you have any tricks of survival to pass along? This kid is so great and we love him so much AND he's starting to throw little mini fits when he gets frustrated. They pass quickly, which is great, but I would love to know if anyone has had success with calming and/or reasoning with a toddler. (Ha! Sounds pretty silly when I read it out loud.)



Becky said...

I followed some of the tricks in Happiest Toddler on the Block. They tell you try to give them words and let them know you understand by mimicking their attitude. So basically you put on your mad face and say "Alexander is MAD MAD MAD MAD MAD, he can't play with that toy right now, HE IS MAD MAD MAD". Although I think in the book they make the language more simple but I didn't like that (removing the is before mad for example). Anyway once you have his attention and he understands that you get what he is feeling he will likely calm down enough for you to explain why he can't do something or help him if he is frustrated by something. There are a couple other tricks in the book that might make it worth a trip to the library (or getting Kristeen to lend you my copy). Spinning in a desk chair is although quick fix but it doesn't teach anything just distracts.

Julie said...

it's called a "mojito" and it works wonders. you can substitute any other drink of choice and i am sure that will work just fine.