Terrible two's

Does anyone else find this stage to be really overwhelming and frustrating??? My 2 1/2 yr old is constantly testing his limits and throwing tantrums. He wont listen and any form of discipline he thinks is a joke. Somedays i think i'm not cut out to be a mother. How do you pick ur battles but not let them walk all over you?

    I'm right at the two year mark with my son but he has been going through the terrible two stuff for a while...lucky me! Lol I have found that trying to let him make as many of his own choices as I can helps with the constant power struggle. I had to decide what things were important to me to enforce and which things I could let go. For example I gave up on trying to keep him dressed while we were at home but when we are in public the clothes must stay on. Lol playing with the tv will never be ok but I relaxed and let him play behind the couch. They are little things but they helped stopped the days where I was saying nothing but "no" to him all day.
      Training a child is a seldom mentioned but effective form of raising a child. Unfortunately, I didn't know about it until my third child. You don't really punish the child. In fact, you don't wait for a situation to arise. In a nutshell, you set up a situation and teach your child how to act. For example, a 2-1/2 yr old can fold towels. Set a pile of towels on the couch and ask him to fold them. If he throws a tantrum , give him a sign that that's not the appropriate behavior. Hopefully he'll respond, but it may take some perseverance. He may enjoy chores, too. They may make him feel needed, appreciated, and in control. Believe me, I wish I'd known about this. Mike and Debi Pearl wrote a book about child training. I forget the basics, but you may be able to find it.
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