Felicity has been having some horrible tantrums lately. So far, 3 years old is much worse than the supposed “terrible twos”. At two, she was still pretty sweet. Now she think she’s justified in everything she wants and throws a tantrum when it doesn’t happen.
When we tell her no for something, she gets even angrier obviously and now says “I want to hit you” and hits our arms. I have no idea where she learned this! We are lost at what type of discipline we should use? We’ve tried time outs, taking away things, etc. What she seems to understand the best is, if she’s bad, I take away something she wanted. Last night she didn’t get a treat after dinner. The night before she was horrible just before bed and “hit” me so I told her no book before bed time.
I think a lot has to do with her being tired, these meltdowns occur mostly between 6pm and 8pm, just before bed. She will calm down and watch a cartoon on TV which usually gets her to rest and changes her mood. We really try to limit TV in our house, our kids rarely watch it, but it has helped her in the evening, so no guilt here.
Anyway, after her terrible meltdown, I put her to bed and she asked for a book. I told her only one since her behavior had been so bad. She was so happy to read the nursery rhyme book. It was back to having my sweet little girl. Parenting is such a roller coaster ride!
Besides that, our Saturday was low key and it was exactly what I needed after a busy work week. We had no plans made and just ran some errands. We did a little grocery trip in the morning and then Felicity wanted to go to her Nonna’s for lunch. She ate there and went with Nonna to visit her cousins where we picked her up in the late afternoon.
We ate lunch at home with Raffaello (pasta and chickpeas, frittatina, and sauteed pumpkin). Raffi loved the chickpeas! After lunch, I put him down for nap and took the time quiet time to clean the house and do laundry. Once I was finished I relaxed until he woke up. Once he was up, we left to finish some errand running, including buying a little gift for a friend’s new baby in Switzerland. I love to go to the “intimo”, it’s a store that sells underwear, pajamas, and clothes/necessities for babies and little kids. Italian pajamas are amazing, there’s so many options and of course I ended up picking up myself a new pair of summer PJs and a pair for Raffi as well. We bought our friend’s baby some clothes too. After there we walked over to the “detersivo”, the store that sells everything soap/cleaning/shampoo related for diapers and I also picked up some new glass tuperware we needed. We spotted a pack of cute dog/cat toys that Raffi immediately wanted (he LOVES everything to do with animals) so we got those too. The last store we went to was the “cartoliberia”, the store that sells school/office supplies because Raffi’s daycare asked for a binder for his art work. While we were there we got a card for the baby as well.
After running errands, we picked up Umberto and went to his sister’s to get Felicity. We hung out there for awhile before packing up the kids to get the home for dinner and the mass we were supposed to go to. The things…went downhill. Raffi was content to eat dinner (leftover pasta with olives and peppers, mozzerella, and turkey slices) but Felicity’s tantrum begin here when the pasta wasn’t “in bianco”. After the world’s biggest tantrum, I got her in bed at 8:30 and we pretty much called it a night.
Happy Sunday to you all! We’re going to Raffaello’s first baptism course today!
The only pic I took all Saturday, Raffi’s big mess after lunch!