Sigh. My baby doesn’t love me any more. She doesn’t listen to me either. The past several days she just doesn’t listen. I don’t yell at her that often, I try to distract instead, but sometimes she’ll do something really dangerous and you need to.
Yesterday, she was banging, hard, on the play room windows with a toy. You could hear the glass rattle. I yelled. Loudly. She didn’t stop. Stu heard me from the other room and came in. He then yelled at her, and she stopped.
I know the whole point is for her to stop doing a dangerous action. That it doesn’t matter who she listens to, who she obeys. Still. I felt ineffectual. How can I discipline her if she doesn’t listen to me?
Distractions. This I have a bit better success with. She does seem to listen to me, move on to the distraction, to something else. You just can’t always use distractions.
She used to listen to me. She used to come up and give me spontaneous hugs. Stu seems to get most of the hugs lately. I know that this is because he’s been dealing with her more – getting her up, taking her to day care, picking her up, putting her to bed. I know it’s temporary, or at least I hope it is. Still. It hurts. When I ask her if mama can have a hug, and she says “no,” it hurts.
PS. Teagan’s Tunes page has been updated…