Teaching Through Love?

Do you ever feel like your kids are out to get you?  My husband and I have been feeling a little bit like that lately…

For the first 3.5 years of his life, my son was all sweetness and light. Never a cross word, never a tantrum…seriously, a golden child.  Not even a hint of terrible twos. Nothing.

And now we seem to be in for it.

Our delicious, smart, cuddly, loving 4.5 year old has become delicious, smart, cuddly, loving and DIFFICULT.  Whining, tantrums, wild behavior–you name it. Throw in his precocious 23 month old sister and sparks of all kinds often fly. Of course, no matter how much we try to be calm and patient, yelling happens.  And, of course, when yelling starts, we always end up in a vicious cycle which ends in more yelling and fixes nothing.  The worst part of it? I have always prided myself on my extreme patience…as a teacher and as a mother.

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