The Truth…

I have a little girl who does NOT like to be told “no.” This is the face I get when she IS told no.
I don’t blame her, I don’t like to be told “no” either.
The problem is that she is cute. Very cute, and it is hard not to laugh at this face.

The truth is that at least eighty percent of the time, I have no clue what I am doing.
I am not sure how to discipline a three year old.
I have no idea if I am doing the right thing, and I am scared to death I am doing the wrong thing. Of course, I muddle on through, but I worry that half the time, little M might not know what she is in trouble for. She is a happy girl, and she is loving, and sweet. Most of the time.
She is also three, and I am sure it is frustrating not to be able to hear, and not be able to voice your frustrations. I have no desire to frustrate my child. She knows and understands the basic household rules, and for the most part, is quite well behaved.
However, we have had our moments. I have been slapped, pinched, kicked, and bitten. Usually for saying no to this little cutie. So there you have it. The truth.

Now, what do I do? What do you do, and how do you go about disciplining a three year old?


  1. shelley on May 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I have always been a believer in natural consequences. Sometimes it is the harder road to take but I really see progress sooner. I adore your blog…thanks for sharing. What a precious gem you have.

  2. Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 5:35 am

    She is so adorable!!!! Discipline is hard! My Dad always told me that when you say something you have to follow through or they learn they can walk all over you. He always told me, you have to win. I try to follow through when I tell them something. Love your blog. 🙂

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