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Old 03-03-2010, 01:16 PM   #1
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Need advice about 16 month old!

Alright, my DD is seriously driving me insane. She has always had a mind of her own (ever since I was pregnant!)But recently shes become stubborn and moody- but as always, can charm the toughest of soul...when she wants to. She is great when we go out in public or when we go to other peoples' homes, but it's like her happy-go-lucky attitude while we're out, completely vanishes the second we walk in our front door.

She recently started throwing tantrums that are over the top (for her, anyway). She throws herself backward- hitting her head on anything that happens to be near her, she is wild and crazy (which is fine!) but she runs over to me (usually when we're playing on the floor or reading) and with a huge smile on her face, acting as if she's going to give me loves, will come up and hit me, or smack her head into my shoulder/face/chest/whatever is closest. It always takes me by surprise- but then I will tell her "Eedan that's a no-no, we don't hurt mama." (I repeat this hundreds of times during the day!) and she shakes her head no and will usually either hug me or cuddle in my lap for a minute, giving off the vibe that she's sorry about it. However, she does this a lot during the day, and even after her papa get's home- she'll do it to him too! I stay at home with her and am starting to wish that my sweetheart and I could switch roles for awhile and let me go to work!

Gahhh!

Another thing- she knows the basic rules of the house (most of the time) and will actually give herself away by repeating "no.no.no.no." when doing something- but the biggest thing this week is messing with the t.v. and the computer, both of which are in the same room. And I swear she messes with them just to get a rise out of me! Because she will alert me "mama!! mama!!" while running to the t.v. or computer and will laugh as she's watching me scramble to the area of the room that she is heading and I will tell her "no, no Eedan. We don't touch the computer (or t.v.)." but she'll run over there and slap the keyboard or push buttons on the t.v. all the while giggling and exaggerating her excitement. And what feels like thousands of times during the day I am trying to distract her with something else, removing her from the living room, getting her attention focused on something else- but no more then a minute later she is off messing with the computer again.

I just don't get it. She's a healthy vegetarian (isn't allowed sugar), she's a great nap taker and sleeps well at night, she's a little rough when she plays (her newest favorite game is putting her dolls in her little dump trucks and running them off the couch ) but overall she's happy and healthy. So I don't get it. Is this something that most kids do? Is it in a toddlers agenda to shake their parents' nerves till they explode?! Or is my DD just a odd crazy child out to drive me out of my mind??

Help, anyone?
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