QUOTE(flowerrose @ Aug 17 2012, 12:21 PM)
I am feeling a bit low about Ethan's behaviour at the moment.
The other day we had a tantrum getting into the car, a tantrum getting out of the car (and he climbed out of his straps three times in the 8 minute drive), another tantrum leaving Sophie's kindy, getting into the car, getting out of the car, etc, etc. i am presently the mother that everyone stares at critically or sympathetically, while I'm having my hair pulled or being bitten, whatever. I could honestly cry.
Anyway, I stopped off to grab some moisturiser and there was a toy bucket. Once purchase was made I braced myself for another rip-snorter extracting him from the toys. Nervously said 'come on let's but the toys away' with a bravado I really didn't feel. To my immense surprise, he immediately started packing up, came to hold my hand, walked calmly out of the shop waving to the assistant and said a tiny 'Thank-you. Bye bye.' (he practically never talks).
That's so lovely Flowerrose. I hope it made up in part for some of the crapness!
It's probably just coincidence instead of good parenting
but a couple of months ago my husband's uncle died. DH was really upset and having a bit of a teary while cuddling our son. DS wriggled to get down and crawled off and came back with a dummy which he gave to DH.