Sunday, November 7, 2010
Three Year Olds
Anyone else have a hard-to-handle three year old? Julia is a pretty intense kid, and has been particularly challenging lately. Here are a few of the things we are trying and some books I am reading. I'd love any ideas you have to share as well!
Kid Cooperation - This is a great book that I picked up from our LLL library. I love that Elizabeth Pantley doesn't try to push a rigid "method" but gives lots of tips, support, and things to keep in mind. She comes from an attachment parenting perspective and is easy to read. The book has plenty of examples and real life situations, which I find really helps me. I'm actually not finished reading this book yet, but Ross and I are reading it together and discussing it as we go. It really helps to talk things through with him and come up with a game plan.
(Elizabeth Pantley also has a newer book called The No-Cry Discipline Solution. It contains much of the same information, and I will probably read through that one as well. I do find that I like the layout of Kid Cooperation much better though.)
Adventures In Gentle Discipline - I am still in the middle of reading this one as well. It is a larger volume, but easy to read. It contains lots of quotes from mothers and real life stories.
Sensory Parenting - I actually received this book from the author for review. It is interesting to read and think about all of the sensory input that might be affecting a child. This is a comprehensive book with information on all aspects of parenting as relates to a child with a sensory disorder. I thought the book had a lot of extraneous advice and could have been narrowed down. Chapters 7 and 8 on evaluating your child's senses and therapies for the senses were the most interesting. In the author's defense, sensory parenting is a huge topic - kudos to them for trying to tackle it! Sensory Parenting is an interesting read.
We recently took Julia to the chiropractor/ kinesiologist that our family sees. He did a very gentle adjustment on her and suggested some specific vitamins. We discussed nutrition, focusing on feeding Julia food other than carbohydrates and working on keeping her blood sugar stable. She has actually been somewhat better since our visit. I am doing my best to keep our family's nutrition top notch right now and hoping that will help ...along with plenty of patience. ;)
Do you have a challenging little one? Any tips to share?