Supernanny: why I suddenly get it

I'm going to confess: Van was a delightful baby. He slept through the night, didn't experience separation anxiety, and ate everything you put in front of him. He was the most coveted baby at day care, everyone wanted him in their room because he was "easy."

And then it changed.

Van is an enthusiastic toddler. He's becoming what you call "spirited," which in modern mommy terms means, "a little hard to deal with." However, on the spectrum of behavior, he's still pretty easy.

But suddenly I'm being confronted with this fact: I don't know how to control him. Which is also compounded with: How am I going to handle this and a newborn? WHAT WAS I THINKING?

Enter television. More importantly, an episode of Supernanny that I reluctantly watched because it came on after a home makeover show. And for the first time it intrigued me. I used to think, "Who wants to watch screaming children on television?" But this time, I had sympathy. I saw myself in this mom. She's tired and she just doesn't know what to do.

I know that Supernanny isn't the mecca of parenting information, but it sure put it all in a digestible and entertaining format. Don't judge, I'm a Millennial just like you (except for you, Liz).

But, I think I may need to break my parenting book boycott and check a few out. Any recommendations? I have Bringing Up Boys somewhere around here... anything about the toddler years?

 

4 comments:

Alli said...

I definitely appreciated your post. Karis, like Van is not a difficult child by any means, but she is into that stage where she is getting to be a bit of a pain. I love Kevin Leman's books. He has one called "Making Your Kids Mind Without Losing Yours." Haven't read it yet, but it is on my list.

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Andrea said...

Have you tried "Parenting with Love and Logic"? There's some good stuff in there. Pretty common sense though...

Two Makes Four said...

Oh god, I don't even want to think about this stage. Overall, my girls are pretty awesome too -- and it's creepy. It can only portend disastrous toddler behavior, right? And we'll be adding to our family soon, too. Crrrrap.

I've got nothin' for you except best wishes. I'll be checking in to see how the attempts at discipline go.


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