I am a working mom with a 3 year old (Sept baby) and 5 month old. After spending the last 7 days at home with the kids due to scheduling and sick days I have had an awakening that I need to take control back from my 3 year old. I have read a few parenting methods and attempted them, but they all seem so modern and hokey and didn't work for my kid. Basically anytime we have to do something that is not her idea (get dressed, sit for a meal, go to bed, etc) it is a fight. We try to offer lots of choices (ex. You can sit down for supper or sit in time out.), but that isn't working out. Out of despiration, we bribe her a lot, which I hate, but it's the only thing we've found that works.
Can you recommend a parenting book or method that is more traditional that worked for your spirited toddler? TIA!