I love lurking on this board and I hope to participate more when our son comes home (adopting from Russia)!
I have a small in-home daycare and I try to provide care for the children in an AP style. I started with a strong willed two year old this fall and I just LOVE her, but she has really been pushing the limits with me over the past few weeks. Since she has really bonded with me she now feels secure enough to push me away, which I know is a normal healthy thing for a 2.5 year old, but here's where I need advice:
When we're outside for a walk she has started to venture too far away from me and too close to the road. She has never gone onto the road by herself, but I see her behavior getting more defiant and I think it's coming. I've tried being patient and giving gentle reminders, I've tried reminding her a hundred times a minute (feels that way at least!) and now I'm at the point where I'm using a very stern voice ("You MAY NOT go this close to the road. You MUST listen when I tell you to come back.") and bringing her back to a safe spot very briskly. She only seems to "get it" when I use the stern voice but then she asks me, "Are you mad? Are you sad?" over and over again. I don't want to be a bully and hurt her feelings, but I also want her to know that she HAS to stay away from the road for safety.
TTC September 2010 thru October 2011
SA February 2011: Normal
RE App. October 2011 - Recc. Clomid and IUI
Taking a break from TTC to pursue adoption
Met our 2 year old son in Russia July 2012!
Court trip October 2012
Home November 24 2012!
Back to RE Summer 2013. TTC journey continues:
Dx DOR, endometriosis, low sperm count
Clomid + IUI#1, #2 = BFN / IUI #3 = ???
Laparoscopy scheduled December 2013