Tuesday, February 21, 2012
STARTING TO GET NERVOUS
About discipline. Let's face it. Elle is growing up. She is not a new born anymore and right as I type this she is throwing food off of her high chair to the dog. Our first and constant battle where we are trying to teach her what the words "No, don't do that" mean. And she knows what they mean. How do I know? Because we tell her "Elle. No. Do not throw food to the dog." She looks right at us quits doing it and then ever so slyly puts a piece of food at the edge of her tray and then PRETENDS to knock it off. She even feigns a look of oh my gosh did I do that?
It is hilarious. And we always want to laugh and sometimes we do. She is a smart girl but that sneakiness and open defiance is making me nervous. Look, I know she isn't going to go rob a bank because she chose to ignore me and throw food off of her high chair but the OCD person in me worries that this is just the start to a very long road and I have NO CLUE where to start with the discipline thing. And it is so important.
The other thing that makes me nervous. I was not a great child. My mom says she tried to discipline me but I was just difficult and tested my boundaries every chance I got even as a little girl. So I am afraid I am going to get what I am due. Ha!
So should I read a book? Do I just follow my gut? Is there a good mommy blog about discipline? I don't know??
I just want her to be a "sweet" little girl that people are excited to see instead of saying oh here comes Elting Lacey. Holy terror!
These are normal concerns in my opinion. Thanks for letting me vent!