Well that is the situation I am in. There is a Joy Thief that I am forced to deal with very regularly. I am usually able to avoid or keep my distance from Joy Thieves but not this time. Joy Thieves are highly contagious and some of her unhappiness has been wearing off on me.
So I sought the help of a trusted advisor. Her advice…. “You are just going to have to treat her like a 2 year old” A two year old? Really ???
How about a comparison:
2 year old – screaming “No” at inappropriate times
Joy Thief – Yelling and refusing to perform assigned duties
2 year old – having a fit of temper if he/she doesn’t get his/her way
Joy Thief – Stopping around and cursing when she doesn’t get her way
2 year old – ask for something that is not really wanted, just to see if he/ she has enough power to get it.
Joy Thief – placing unusual and unnecessary demands on others to demonstrate superiority or initiate a power struggle.
2 year old – Hitting and Kicking
Joy Thief – So far no signs of this behavior.
Hmmm… I think my advisor is on to something.
So how does one handle a two year old? I don’t have kids yet. Parents this is where I need you to jump in. Here are a few techniques I remember from my babysitting days:
Ignore the out bursts – I can actually do this pretty well. Although, it is much more challenging to ignore a 100lb plus adult Joy Thief than a chubby faced 2 year old.
Discipline – Unfortunately I think the Joy Thief has outgrown time out and spanking will definitely get me into trouble. Although a good swat may be temporarily gratifying. Lol
Bargaining – Sadly I don’t think the Joy Thief will respond to a piece of candy or a new toy. Perhaps a pack of smokes and a drink will do the trick???
HELP!!!! How do you handle your two year old and/or the adults who act like them???