(I started writing this series back in the middle of July. So we’ll start there.)
Let’s be honest.
I’m lazy when it comes to teaching and training my baby.
I would rather sit and read a book than enforce rules and teach that precious person he needs to obey me.
I’ve been lazy. I’ve been lax. I’ve been inconsistently alternating between enforcing rules and ignoring them.
Tiredness plays a big part. Lack of knowledge and ability to get him to obey plays another.
I’ve tried various things: loud voice/stern face (works for daddy), a swat in reprimand here and there (though when trying to teach gentleness that seems wrong), teaching firmly, ignoring the problem… None of these work for me with my little guy.
Somehow I need a new way.
Now is the time.
I’d like to have this first real challenge under my belt and taken care of before new ones pop in.
One kiddo trained before two kiddos make mommy lose her mind.
Here’s for hoping.
Time to be intentional.
The first step is to just begin.
Seasoned mommas: when did you realize you needed to get intentional with your toddlers? Did it come naturally or did it hit you upside the head all at once one day?