Saturday, April 16, 2011

Where did my sweet babies go?

They've been replaced with two little monsters.  We just returned from the mall and I feel like I was at the gym for a workout. I can't get over how naughty they've started acting in just this last week. We put them into their stroller and they didn't really want to be there, so I had a great idea that Emerson could come with me and Eli could go with Marcus.

They would hold our hands and it would be fine... um... no I'm an idiot. As soon as they were out of the stroller they both took off running. So we of course caught them and put them back in the stroller which resulted in the most epic tantrum from both of them. Screaming at the top of their lungs, Eli even hit Marcus as he was putting him back in the stroller.

The looks we were getting from people were awesome by the way. So in not one of my proudest parenting moments I told Marcus to go find some suckers to shut them up. Which actually worked for a bit and we had 15 quiet minutes. (I totally bribed my kids so they would stop embarrassing me *hangs head in shame*)

Then the suckers got old (and super sticky) so we took them away. More screaming ensued. It was dinner time so we headed out to go find some food. Of course they didn't actually want to eat anything and Eli took a handful of rice and just threw it. Seriously, whose kids are these?

Then as we were leaving Eli wanted to go on a small ride they had and when we said no he started screaming at the top of his lungs again. Over and over. At this point we were more than over the whole experience so we were headed to the car but we had to walk across the whole freaking mall.

I think Emerson would be okay, but she just follows every single thing her brother does (one of the joys of twins?) When she's on her own for the most part she's just fine (except her new "no" habit).

I'm exhausted and humiliated. I don't know what we're going to do. I honestly have never thought there was any validity to the "terrible twos" but these kids really love to prove me wrong.


Becks said...

I read this book called "Child Training Tips" by Reb Bradly. It's sort of a love it or hate it kind of book, but I would give it a chance and actually read it before you form an opinion on it. We really, really like it, and it has been really helpful as we teach James to be obedient and well-behaved.

Case in point: We can tell James "no touch" and he won't touch the thing. If he is throwing a temper-tantrum, I can say "no temper-tantrums!" and he will calm himself down. When it's time to go to sleep, I say "time to go ni-night (or time for naps)" and he goes to bed with no complaints. It has seriously made 2 my favorite age - I love it!

~Jess said...

Just wait until they're teenagers....this stuff will look easy :-P lol

Be strong! Seriously just stick to your guns, because the minute they'll think they can get their way be misbehaving they'll keep doing it. I hate when A has a temper tantrum or is being completely crazy.

Becks book suggestion sounds pretty good!

sadie607 said...

Thanks Becks I'm going to find the book. We can't continue like this.