A week or so into the "Terrible Twos" and so far, so good. No heads spinning or Chernobyl-scale meltdowns. Though I have to say, I have noticed a difference in my little one's behavior over the last few weeks. It largely centers around her asserting her independence ("NO!") and testing her limits. And while I feel we've been navigating these waters with relative success, I can see that there might be some squalls ahead, if I don't stay aware of what she's doing and how I handle it.
Over at Cookie, I found this great little Q & A with Alan Kazdin, Ph.D. and President of the Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic. His angle is to praise and reinforce good behavior, rather than focusing on--and punishing--bad behavior. He addresses tantrums and time outs and outlines practical ways for fostering a more respectful family environment. His tips are simple and make sense. The key, it seems, is consistency, which is the difference between "the lab" and the real world.
Any other advice from Mamas who've been here before?