So, maybe it's cause Doodle is hitting 4.
Maybe it's cause the weather sucks and we're all cranky.
Maybe it's a response to my crazy hormones and moods.
And maybe it's a lack of sleep.
But, my child is driving me completely and utterly insane. I'm not alone. Phat Daddy is close to losing it too.
Yesterday we called my parents in frustration and took Doodle there for the evening. We just could not take it anymore. On the one hand, Doodle is the most adorable, loving child you will meet. He's sweet. He's funny and he loves to cuddle.
On the flip side he can be stubborn, hysterical and downright mean and bratty. And, I can't honestly tell you from one minute to the next what part of his personality we are going to see. We are trying to be patient. We are trying to discipline. Most of all we are trying not to scream at him. But, it's a struggle.
If he doesn't get his way he screams. And, he will scream about anything from the fact that he's not allowed to watch his favourite television station to the fact that the wrong parent is helping him with his shoes. And, God forbid someone other than Mommy do anything if Mommy is in the house.
Mommy has to do bath time. Mommy has to read stories. Mommy has to fix his shoes. Mommy mommy mommy. When Phat Daddy tries to do something like make him toast he just sits and cries. And then he says "I don't like you Daddy."
And as much as I'm frustrated it also breaks my heart. I hate that he's so mean to his father and I hate that he's so upset all the time.
So, we've started getting tough. Last night we had a long talk with Doodle about being nice. We explained to him that when he screams and shouts and says hurtful things it's mean. And, we want him to be a nice boy.
And then he cried for about 10 minutes because we don't think he's a nice boy.
Cause the thing is, he is nice. But his attitude sucks.
And, we couldn't really back down and say "well, you're nice but ..."
So, we talked it out a little more. And then today he tried at first, and then started screaming again. Tonight we're working on an early bedtime and a better routine. I don't really think he needs a bath every night, but baths seem to calm him down a bit, so we're going to try adding that to our daily routine.
And, my mom's naturopath has suggested fish oil. So, I'm going to find out from her what kind of fish oil is best. Whatever works.
I'm open to any and all suggestions (and babysitting offers too! kidding)