I don’t know where they got it, but I’m sure it wasn’t from me!
What can I do to help my sweet Aviana cope better?
It’s gotten so bad, I just say “Stop. Crying.” in a firm fierce voice before I even find out what happened.
Yesterday I didn’t even turn to look at her when she erupted; I automatically gritted my teeth and calmly and fiercely told her to stop crying, and it turned out she had pinched her finger in the door.
She cries dramatically so often and for no real reason (unless her loving dada serving her cocoa in the “wrong” cup is a reason), I can’t even discern when the wailing is warrented.
Brielle’s almost as bad, but she’s two. I have to give a lot more grace because of that.
But I’ve been dealing with Aviana’s drama since before she was two, and frankly, I’m out of genious.
We’ve tried: Sending her to her room to calm down, giving her quiet time right away, making her go out on the porch to scream, giving her extra snuggles, holding her through it, making her get her self-control before we listen to the problem, praising good behavior, offering choices, redirecting her, giving her plenty of time and forewarning when ‘change’ is approaching, creating routines, reassuring her…
We’re consistent and don’t let her have what she wants when she wails because she didn’t get her way.
Please tell me you have some tips–or at least that this will end… Someday!