Friday, September 19, 2008

Emotional Hotbed

My house is an emotional hotbed right now. But not for the reasons you might be thinking. It has nothing to do with the much debated presidential election. It's not the failing financial market either. No, it is a two year old girl who rules supreme at home.

BG has been incredible emotional the last few weeks. She will burst into tears for the slightest offense, sob when she doesn't get her way and has a meltdown when we try to discipline her. Since this is my first time having a 2-yr-old girl, my question for all your mothers out there, Is this normal?

She appears to be regressing in some ways and has formed a strong attachment to her blankies which she never had before. (Thankfully it can be any one of her six 'little blankies', not a certain one.) She is asking for a bottle again. If I didn't know better, I would think we had a new baby in the house and she is jealous of not being the baby anymore. I can assure you, the new baby theory doesn't pan out. So the thoughts on my mind are:
a- Is this a phase?
b- Is there something going on that is triggering this?
c- Could this just be normal 'terrible twos' kind of behavior?
d- How concerned do I, as a parent, need to be?

This all started about the time we switched her to a new day care and I wonder if that has anything to do with it. But she appears happy at daycare and likes going. Any thoughts from more experienced moms of girls?


Jay and Michelle Teerlink said...

Some of it does sound like the terrible two's. If you think she is regressing get her checked out. Especially since there is autism in the family. One thing that has worked, most of the time, for us when Kaden acts out like that is to just ignore him. He ends up stopping the behavior faster than if we acknowledge it. It could easily be a phase and at that point you just tough it out and make sure she knows that her behavior is not tollerated.

Mom T. said...

I think she needs to spend more time with her Grandma and her favorite dog.

Julie and Carlos said...

sounds like a pretty normal 2 yr old phase. I agree with Michelle that if she's being a drama queen for attention, ignore her and she'll get mad and more dramatic for a few days, but will probably give up after a while. My boys have a tantrum "spot". If they are throwing a fit they have to sit on their bed while they do it. They can scream and cry all they want on the bed, but can't get off it until their eyes are completely dry. Tantrums rarely last more then a couple minutes without an audience and being stuck on the bed until they're done,