Dearest Toddler

Dearest Toddler

G is 2 years and 7 months young.

Lately, and by lately, I mean especially today she has tested us to our limits. I’m not sure if its got to do with the super moon tonight, her age, the fact that my mom and mother-in-law left today after their week long stay, our recent move, the impending birth of her sister, her lack of sleep, or the incoming two year molars. All I know is that girlfriend is especially testy.

There is absolutely NO reasoning with her. Timeout seem to be constant. She is very hitty when se gets mad and screams to top it all off.

I have no idea where she learned to hit. I’m guessing its just a natural reaction and defense mechanism. Naturally she does it when she is pissed off and doesn’t get her way.

The screaming goes hand in hand with the hitting. And above all that is the constant word NO when responding to any request. Oh and she likes to toss her toys around when she is mad too. Whew! My hot headed little Sicilian!

Who is the boss around here?!


Tonight we put her to bed at 5:30! She had no nap (we tried) and was falling asleep during lunch. Literally had her head in the table.

T.J. and I are consistent with every thing we do with her when she is in one of these moods. We never scream and always try to remain patient. If one of us can’t deal with her than the other one steps in.

Her sleep is weird too. I still think she needs a nap, but on days she does have a nap, her bedtime routine is botched. Like yesterday she had a nap for a little over an hour. She didn’t go to sleep until 8:30pm, which for her, is late. Typically she is up between 6 and 7am, has a nap after lunch, so between noon and 1pm, and bedtime is between 6:30 and 7:30.

Today we skipped the nap and then she was a disaster the rest of the day. Girlfriend NEEDS her sleep. No nap and she is literally a different toddler and stumbling all over. Usually this is when the bad behavior begins and I really feel badly putting her in time out when she is just acting out due to exhaustion.

Now that we have moved to our own house with tons of yard she is outside all day long unless its during mealtime. I know this has her feeling very liberated and exhausted at the same time. Too much sunshine? ๐Ÿ™‚

Is this a phase? Should we modify her routine? Am i doing something wrong here? As soon as her sister arrives her routine will inevitably change.

All I know is that I just want her to be the happy little toddler who is sweet and huggy. That usually comes after her two minute time out and she is feeling pretty bad about what just happened. ๐Ÿ™

Hoping this too shall pass. Otherwise I’m going to be the one in time out!

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About Candice

Candice is a mom of three under 5. Originally from the smallest state of Rhode Island, now living in Connecticut. From working gal to stay-at-home mom, she is walking the path of the Modern Mom.


  1. I’m no expert but, at this age, this seems to be normal. She’s really becoming independent and learning what works for her. G is challenging your rules. Get used to it, many many years of this remain

  2. We went through this at about the same age. All the things you suggested as contributing factors are absolutely part of the problem. One thing I did was require quiet time even if she didn’t have a nap. She was in her room, by herself. It helped create some decompression time and gave me a much needed break. Sometimes she’s end up going to sleep on her own.

    As far as hitting– after she calmed down I told her very seriously and very calmly (eerie calm) that she cannot hit me. That I know she is mad and needs to use her hands but hitting is not an option. So the next time I would grab her hands and say *you cannot hit me* and then hugged her tight. If she couldn’t deal with the contact then she went in her room to be mad. When she calmed down I made her pick up all the things she threw and put them away and she wasn’t allowed to play with them again for a while. My daughter would have these Charlie Sheen fits of rage where she would just clear everything off a table. Good times!

    Hang in there. It passes and then there’s a new fresh challenge! But there’s so much awesome stuff too.

  3. Michele says:

    Hang in there, a lot of transitions going on for her lately. Diffeniatly still needs a nap. My two and a half year is crazy by 4 or 5 without one.
    And you should be having that baby today (June 23) as I predicated(on Facebook)! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Hopefully this super full moon will give you a jump start. Good Luck!

  4. welcome to raising a 2 year old ๐Ÿ™‚ They can be a handful on the best of days. My youngest is 4 now and he is still very moody and doesn’t like to sleep. I hope things calm down for you!

  5. Every phase we go through I try to remember it won’t last forever. Addie is still young, however. So I will have a glass of wine for you and hope that you both stay out of time outs ๐Ÿ™‚

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