1 Feb

I thought tantrums weren’t supposed to start until the age of two. Not 14 months??

I’m not really that naive, but part of me was hoping that Cruz would just turn out to be this perfect child that we barely have to discipline. I was hoping I would never be THAT mom that has to remove her child from the grocery store because of the insane amount of noise coming out of him, determined to get what he wants. I was hoping to never have to make a time out stool or rather enforce it.

Ok, I know these were all very unrealistic hopes. I didn’t really think I’d get away with never having to discipline Cruz. I didn’t really think he’d never throw a temper tantrum in his entire adolescence. I mean, come on. But he has started throwing tantrums and ‘talking back’, as best as he can. It’s amazing how you don’t think about these things before you have a child. I always had so many ideals about how Jason and I would discipline and how we would be consistent. It always seemed like a fairly simple concept, even though I did know that it would be hard. We have scraped the surface of the discipline issue and I am discovering how extremely hard this is actually going to be. And Cruz is usually a pretty good kid! I mean, look at this face!!

So I made a ‘time out’ stool. I wanted to have a specific place and spot where he would know that he is to go when he gets into trouble. The stool isn’t quite finished. I’m trying to think of something to put on top of the stool (other than just ‘time out’). So if you think of anything, let me know. I’ll definitely post a completed picture once it’s done.

I’m aware that this post kinda makes me look a little stupid. I didn’t ever really think my kid would be the only child in the history of the world to never throw a tantrum. It’s just when your kid is the one that’s face down on the floor at Target, screaming and crying, it makes you think that this ‘mom stuff’ is not ever easy. And half of me wanted to pretend like he wasn’t my kid for the duration of the tantrum. Ha!

*Sigh* Fun stuff, this mommyhood.

Here’s some pictures of the stool I’m working on. And a couple pictures of cute Cruz that remind me it’s all worth it!

3 Responses to “tantrums”

  1. Shea Williams February 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

    Wow!! I kinda want to see one of those tantrums!! Then I kinda just want to sit on the stool with him!! Just remember to keep the time-outs very short….small amounts of time will seem enormous to him…let me know how it works out!!

  2. Andrea February 2, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    Cruz? Throw tantrums? Nah. I may have to have Linnea witness one of those bad boys before she makes any final decisions on this whole pre-arranged marriage thing. Ha! Of course, if her crying spells now are any indication of the future, Cruz may want to reconsider the whole deal himself 😉

    Have you ever watched Super Nanny? I heart that show. She says one minute of time out for each year of age. She calls it the “Naughty Corner” or the “Naughty Stool.” Probably a little much to put on top of a tiny seat. Maybe you can decoupage a dunce cap on the top? Haha! Or just make a dunce cap for him to wear while sitting on the stool… that’ll teach him. Being a rock star and all (those sunglasses are AWESOME!), he could only take wearing a stupid looking hat for so long.

  3. Beth February 15, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Just saw these pictures, and my first thought was that the Green Seat Baby has graduated to a larger Green Seat!

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