Today I was sitting in the floor coloring with my 22 month old daughter and she got mad at me because I would not let her eat the crayons. So I picked up the coloring books and put everything away. She got over that little episode & then she went on to push her baby around the house in the doll stroller. She tried to get her baby out of the stroller and was having a hard time. I am a mother that tries to let Riley figure stuff out for herself. I do not run right to her and "solve the problem" right away. I wait a minute and she usually figures things out her own. And sometimes we have to help her. Well, I proceeded to fold the towels and was about to get up to help her get her baby out of the stroller & she went BONKERS! It was frightening. She started screeming, kicking, & slapping the baby right in the face. She then picked up the remote and started hitting the baby over the head. I sat down beside her and told her in a calm quiet voice that we do not act like that. We should love our babies. & she looked at me and SPIT in my face.
I picked her up and took her to the laundry room (time out chair) and told her that she would have to stay there until she could be nice. She kicked and screamed for almost an hour. There were several times I thought she was going to pass out or throw up from crying so hard. I went in there several times to comfort her, but that was obviously the last thing she wanted. Every time I would go in there it made it worse. She finally calmed down and came to me in the kitchen and wrapped her arms around my legs and hugged me! I picked her up and we went and sat on the front poorch and rocked for about 15 minutes and then she wanted to go inside for a snack. & For the rest of the day she has been fine.
I have no idea where she has seen this behaviour. We do not yell at eachother in my house and we sure do not beat the holy crap out of our baby! I am not saying that I do not get annoyed and raise my voice to her, but we are not screamers. My husband and I do not yell at eachother and we hardly ever fight. We disagree all the time, but we have learned to "drop it" over the years. So this is very strange.
She has recently started going to Mother's Day Out, but other than that she is with me 24/7. I do not feel that she has been hurt or even seen someone hurt, but after today I am begining to wonder. I am fully comfortable with her teachers and other kids at MDO so I do not know if I am missing something or what.
I know that kids have temper tantrums, I have some really good ones in my day, but this was aweful! I do not know if I am being a freak over nothing, or if I should really take a look at our surroundings. Or maybe it is that I just need to be more stern with her when she has this fits. That is IF & WHEN she pulls this crap again.
Maybe this is the begining of the terrible 2's. & If that is the problem, I am going to work full time & she is going to daycare!
I am just kidding, but OHHHHH MY......how in the world do you poor moms put up with this (& worse) day in and day out? Bless your hearts!
Thanks for any info!