My day started off so well this morning. Despite my washing getting wet and being 10 minutes late for Yoga it was still a great morning.
Emma isn’t sleeping much during the day but she is happy to chill in her bouncy chair so I managed to get a lot done.
Then Jack arrives! And my zen all goes out the flippen window.
I know WHY he is acting out and that it is largely his attempt to get control but I still need some help in how to deal with it.
The biggest issue right now is his shoe laces! He will only wear this pair of takkies with laces (we have tried a variety of other shoes and he WILL NOT put them on). The shoes are fine but the problem is he doesn’t want to see the little loops that are made when you tie the laces or the plastic things at the end of the laces. So we have tie them and tie them until there is no more to tie and hide the plastic things. If the pop out all hell breaks loose!!!
HOW do I deal with this? He isn’t being naughty so I don’t feel that punishing him is the right thing to do? Taking the shoes away will solve the laces problem but then he will be bare foot which would be fine if it was still summer but its cooler now.
PLEASE share some words of wisdom with me.
On this note how would you deal with his other little “quirks”? It’s simple things that are relatively easy to deal with – like he will only eat with a certain spoon, only wants brown socks, only wants a specific shirt, only wears jeans (he now owns about 6 pairs of jeans), he only wants me to do things like put his DVD’s on, dress him etc.
Would you let those things slide? Indulge him? Or push through the tantrums?