Spitting, Biting, Hitting... GAH!
DD is 13 months old now, and seriously trying my patience. I love how strong willed she is because I can see it being an asset to her future, but right now? Holy crap.
I know it's a kid thing, and maybe my patience is totally sapped because I'm 12 weeks pregnant with #2, exhausted from throwing up and not sleeping very well.
DD has a nasty habit of 'drive-by' biting, that's now escalated in spitting/hitting/kicking when we tell her "No" about anything or she smiles, shakes her head, and goes right back to it...even if we totally remove her from the situation. Today she was spitting at people in the grocery store. I was 'that person' with the horrible child and it was mortifying.
I seriously feel like I'm raising a tiny Ted Bundy 99% of the time. She's totally out of control.
When she starts acting up, we tell her very firmly NO and usually remove her from the situation. If she's really bad she goes upstairs to her (totally safe) room for 4-5 minutes to chill by herself, just to totally remove her from the situation and ensure that I don't stuff her in the garbage can (JOKING). I don't think that she's old enough to understand a spanking and really I don't want to teach any more about hitting. She's well versed in that category. *shudder*
Help? Please? I can't even partake in wine to capacity!