1-2-3 Magic

My child abuses me.


He'll be two next month. And yes, it is definitely terrible.

If he doesn't get what he wants, he hits, kicks and screams. I can't tell you how fun it is to dread telling your child that it is bedtime because you're afraid of how he'll react.

And diaper changes... oh, don't even get me started on diaper changes. Henry hates to have his diaper changed. He'd rather sit in his own poop all day than take five minutes away from playing in order to put a clean diaper on. When I pick him up to take him to the changing table, he hits me in the head. Yeah, you read that right. In the head.

Whoa. "TIMEOUT. Henry, you're in timeout because you hit your mommy. We DO NOT hit people. Hands ARE NOT for hitting." (We just purchased the book, "Hands are Not for Hitting" and have read it A LOT lately.)

So let's try this again. I pick him up to carry him to the changing table and he feels bad that he hit me so he starts to pat me on the head nicely. It's these moments of sweetness that usually get me through the day...

Next I lay him on the changing table, when he once again realizes that it is diaper-changing time, which is not a good thing. Since my head is not within reach, he uses his feet this time to kick me in the gut, among other places.

Whoa...Whoa...Whoa. "TIMEOUT! We DO NOT kick people, Henry. That hurts Mommy. Feet ARE NOT for kicking." (We also purchased the book, "Feet are Not for Kicking" - do you think these books are working?)

Then there are the fun times when Henry wants something, but doesn't know how to communicate it to me so I can't figure out what he wants. After several frustrating minutes, he begins to scream at me and then rolls around on the floor throwing anything within his reach.

HELP. I'm losing my mind.

So, recently a friend recommended the book, "1-2-3 Magic" and I think I'm going to get it. "Effective discipline for children ages 2-12"... that sounds like what we need. I swear, it better really be magic or I may have to give Henry away to the highest bidder. He's really cute, too, so I'll probably get a high bid if he's on his best behavior during the auction.

Okay, okay. I won't sell my child.

I promise - Henry is not always a bad boy. Usually he is really sweet and adorable. I typically love hanging out with him. It is just exhausting walking on eggshells, constantly hoping he won't have a breakdown - especially in public.

Please work, book, I'm begging you.


  1. Sawyer went through a hitting stage, it took a lot of time outs. He grew out of it thankfully. Good luck!

  2. oh goodness, so sorry hon! No real advice here... my little guy (about the same age) is pretty good with not hitting/kicking but can't seem to listen or slow down for the life of him... I can't figure out why I'm not skinnier with all the running around I'm doing!!!
    Oh, and I did my own background... I'm not really sure what I'm doing but I like it.

  3. oooh, love the new layout!! and that family picture is gorgeous!


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