I’m definitely honing my management skills parenting a toddler. Negotiations are another story.
After a full breakfast with my son, playtime ensued by tossing a sippy cup of milk across the kitchen. No-spill cups are no match for him. Since it was no longer serving as a tool to drink milk but rather a weapon, I took it away.
In less than a second, a shriek rang out coupled with gritted teeth and shaking fists. Where does he get this? So I remove him from his highchair. As his feet touch the ground, his body crumples on the floor into a full body meltdown.
Of course, you don’t want to reward such behavior. But it is baffling how you go from a simple drink to this. In negotiations, defining ground rules is essential. I’m not sure how clearly those get communicated between a parent and a toddler.
I wonder if it would work if I responded the same way he did while upset. But alas, it’s just spilled milk.