About Edison

My Little Daredevil

This month, I noticed that Little Edison is striving to take control of all his activities. When I call him to come in, he will runs away laughing and hoping that I will chase after him. When we want him to get dressed before we go out, he decides on which shirt and pants to wear for the outing. When we serve him with fruits cut into bite-size and a fork, he chooses to eat with his fingers. And the list goes on…

A big part of toddler development is to learn to be independent, I understand. But sometimes, independence also caused him to behave in inappropriate ways too. Here are a few examples:

Incident #1:

Little Edison asked for a bottle of Yakult. I told him not to drink because he still have minor cough. He refused to listen and he walked to the kitchen. He opened the fridge and took a bottle of Yakult. Then, he opened the kitchen drawer and took a straw. He put the straw into the Yakult and started sipping happily. I looked at him in dismay. He is now tall enough to reach all handles and doors in our house.

Incident #2:

Last night, I told our helper to go to Shop N Save (opposite our block) to buy a loaf of bread. Little Edison wanted to tag along but I gave him a stern NO. He made a big fuss when I ignored him totally. The angry ME opened the door and asked him to go down himself. Much to my surprise, this little daredevil quickly put on his slippers, walked out of our house and right into the lift – ready to press the lift button to go down! I rushed out to hold him back. Otherwise, I strongly believe he will walk to Shop N Save all by himself.

My question now is – how should I handle this little daredevil who is so stubborn and refuse to listen? What approach should I use?

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Flower Mummy
    June 9, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Hmm.. Just my humble opinion ..

    Do you think taking away some of his favourites like toys, food, snacks or even outing when he refused to obey your ‘instruction’ will help .. like in a cause and effect kind of scenario ..

    • Reply
      Emily
      June 10, 2010 at 9:57 AM

      Hi Flower Mummy,
      Thanks for your opinion. I haven’t try this method. Perhaps, I can try it out. Hopefully, it works.

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    micollh
    June 10, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    Hi,

    My girl been through this stage. They basically cant take “NO” as answer. but after continually explaining to her why we say no and the consequence of her insisting doing things we forbid her e.g when we ask her don’t run, she continues to run, then she fall down. when we ask her don’t play with her drink, she continues to play with it and spill it all over.. she starting to “learnt her lesson” now, she is more obedient but still very daredevil la.. haa.. It’s just one of the stage, we just have to be VERY patience and talk to them nicely..sometimes i lose it also.. then i have to ask my hubby take over while i cool down.. 😛

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      Emily
      June 10, 2010 at 9:56 AM

      Hi Mico,
      I tried to explain to him the consequences but he just refused to listen. Until he really fell down and feel the pain, then he will realise his mistakes. Don’t understand why he wants to learn things the hard ways. Now, when he runs, I will remind him the incident where he fell and knock his head until blue-black. He recall the incident and he will stop doing it.

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