I am trying to be enthusiastic. Unfortunately, I have no idea where to start. No one said that I would have tons of play mats, activity sets and toys that she would out grow. Yes, it's common sense-but no one told me!
Luckily I found someone who *LOVES* Spring Cleaning. Here are Kelly's tips on how to begin. She's the author of a great site - The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking.
Dear Pregnant MAMA,
Here are some tips for you:
1. Don't stress now--you will need your strength.
2. Read about years 1-3.
3. Relax--the fun begins once you bring her home.
4. Date Night. Date Night. Date Night.
5. Enjoy the quiet.
My little one is almost two. There are so many things I wish I could tell myself to do pre-MAMA. Hindsight is always 20/20.
What are your pre-MAMA tips?
I have the pleasure of raising with a strong willed, highly intelligent, toddler. Not yet two, she can recognize 85% of the alphabet, counts 1-10 and knows 10 colors.
In order for me to contain her tantrums and defiant moments. I had to remove myself as Mama and pretend to be a paid nanny. Here are my methods for dealing with tantrums:
1. Remember the child's age.
2. Recognize the triggers that ignite tantrums.
3. Anticipate length of tantrum.
4. Remain calm.
The most important being #5. Once I realized that my frustration level determined the severity of her actions, I was able to put myself into a mode of peace. I refuse to fuel the fire.
Do you have any suggestions for dealing with tantrums? What is your formula for success?
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