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Terrible Twos...and Threes...etc.

We have officially entered the terrible two's in our house. I thought that my child actually had to be two before he would throw massive temper tantrums, hit, and throw toys, but alas, I was wrong and it is in full swing over here, and I feel like I am losing my mind a lot of days.

We have tried what seems to be every solution to correcting, redirecting, and disciplining to try to get rid of the tantrums, but we are really struggling. What seems to work for Baby J's daddy (timeouts) doesn't work for me, and it always seems that Mama is the one that gets the brunt of the tantrums (the kid bit my butt the other day... really?!). Needless to say, it's been making the last few weeks hard.

Something that has been beneficial has been making sure to get out of the house at least once each day. We don't necessarily run a bunch of errands, but we go to our Fit4Mom classes, the park, or to do something that Baby J enjoys. I'm finding that when we are out in public, he doesn't throw himself down into a fit of toddler rage for 45 minutes, and we actually quite enjoy one another. I'd like to get to that point at our house too, considering that is where we spend a good chunk of our time.

While this phase is quite challenging, I am learning more about unconditional love and patience. I always tell my hubby that days with lots of toddler meltdowns make me a better mommy. They're learning days. Heck, he's our first child. The rough days make me learn how to love well, discipline effectively, and be patient. However... does anyone have any tips for getting through this phase? I'm aware that this is only the beginning... ;)"

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