I need a new routine. It’s Monday, my awesome sitter is with the girls… I’m looking up recipes for the week so I can buy the ingredients, along with other groceries. I also have a few returns to do. But as I sit here I wonder… Should I really be paying a sitter to watch my girls while I run mindless errands? Don’t get me wrong, going to the grocery store alone is sooooo much easier. But still. Just feels like a bit of a waste… I’m basically just buying some sanity time for myself. The couple of hours I was alone with my girls this morning was hectic enough. Nora didn’t get a nap yesterday, so even though she slept well all night (I think), she woke up crabby. She was throwing everything in sight, screaming as I was feeding Nadia. Ugh. How does one know if their child is a brat, or just in the terrible twos?
Speaking of possibly being a brat, we were at a shoe store yesterday, and I shit you not, Nora threw a complete and utter fit when I took off a pair of shoes we have tried on briefly. So what? To shut her up, I bought them, and allowed her to wear them out of the store. I know, horrible, right? Mom fail. Granted, the shoes are adorable, and she needed shoes, but still. I certainly don’t want to teach her that throwing a fit gets her what she wants. I have several parenting books which were highly recommended to me by friends with children older than mine… I guess it’s time to dig out, The Strong Willed Child by Dr. James Dobson. It’s got to have something good to share with me… Is it time to start time-outs? Do those even work?? Maybe I just need to hide all the chairs and bar stools at our house since she keeps using them to climb on the counters… See!