The following was something I wrote one night after a particularly challenging day with my toddler. I had no intention of using it for a PMB post, but then I thought I can’t be the only one who feels this way. Strong willed children can be challenging (to say the least) but it is so amazing to think of how far they will go in life. At the end of a hard day of toddler parenting sometimes it’s all we can do to just laugh and cross our fingers that tomorrow is a little easier.
One moment you beaming with sunshine and sparkles, and then next it’s like a tidal wave of tantrums that I never saw coming. I know I don’t always say the right thing, but I’m trying. I don’t always keep a calm voice, but I’m working on it.
I don’t want to thwart your big personality and strong will, but I do want to raise a respectable child. I want you to know your limits, but push them appropriately. I want you to understand your emotions and channel your energy in a positive manner. I know a lot of this will make more sense when you are older; for now it would just be nice for you to listen the first (or even the second or third) time. For you to use your words to express your emotions, rather than tantrums that don’t always make sense.