My little gal is testing my sanity lately. She is getting out of control, getting worse after back from holiday. Maybe she continuing her menace from Kapit back to Kuching, thinking that everyone loves her and will accept her behaviour?! Sigh!
She loves to throw things, scratch and bite her parents when she didn’t get her way! Gosh! Even after reprimand, she still throws a tantrum, scolding you back in her language. The worst scene is that she will lie down on the floor, scream and roll on her back. Poor parents need to endure her temper.
If she misbehave, I would slap her hand (of course lightly lah), or scold her, told her not to do it. Even after the slapping and scolding, she will still continue her nuisance. Only when I am really angry and start screaming in the house, then she will start to look for cover, i.e. her dad or aunt. She will sit quietly next to them, and when coast is clear, she will “manja, manja” with me, trying to get my attention. Sometimes seeing the way she behaves to “make peace” with me really make me want to laugh and cry at the same time. She can be a little angel at a time, then a devil on other day.
Both set of grandparents finally admitted that she is slightly on a “naughty” side after encounter her tantrum! “Slightly”!? She is uncontrollable! Most of the time, when we went out for lunch or dinner, we have to take turn to eat our meal, the other partner carry or bring her around. Otherwise she will start to stand up from her toddler chair (which why I am not letting her sit now, as it is rather dangerous. Just let her sit on those normal adult chairs), grab what ever in front of her, play with them. We usually let her play with spoons, glasses, napkins or make her feed herself. Then again, after few minutes passed by, she would get bored with those activities, and start to scream and getting down from the chair! Sigh! Really a battle bringing her out dining!
A fortnight ago, I suggested to my darling hubby on having dine-in more often at home than going out. I read a book on encouraging and teaching young children on table manner. One of the tips is to set up your dining table and have everyone sit together for meals. Treat it as you are in a restaurant. Your table would have sets of fork, spoon and knife, with someone act as waiter/waitress. A mock-up presentation of a restaurant. With this set up, your children would have experience of restaurant-going. You can point out and guide your children along the way. Slowly but surely they will learn proper table manner.
Any story or tip you want to share with me? How to discipline a young and active child?