The ‘terrible two’s’ or ‘the battle of the wills’ as I like to call them, are in full flow, and B has recently added a new ‘tactic’ to his box of tricks.
Today we went shopping. In the middle of a busy isle, a busy shopping centre and a busy town centre, B decided that he didn’t want to walk any further. So he stopped walking. Dead in his tracks.
In an effort not to pander to his every show of defiance, we continued to walk. Problem was he didn’t move, and showed no inclination whatsoever of doing so.
So what do you do in these situations? Cause a scene, storm back to get him and pick him up? Stand your ground and see who breaks first? Beg and plead with him to move? Whatever you do it will all be in front of other shoppers, some amused and some no doubt judging you on your parenting skills, that your toddler is even as stubborn as he is.
On the three separate instances that this has happened: once he broke and followed us after we walked off; another time I broke and ran to get him as he was quite literally stopping traffic, and more recently I lured him to us with something I knew would take his fancy.
Is there a right thing to do in these situations? I know that he is just ‘flexing his muscles’ but boy is it testing. Advice, thoughts and/or tips would be much appreciated.