Thursday, June 19, 2008

Questions for you.

It's another gorgeous day here. The sun is shining bright. We are going to go furniture shopping today. And hit a park. Mom is going with us. We will have lunch out too.
I hope Miller behaves. He is going through the terrible two's and they are about to get to me. He doesn't want to listen in public and yells and points...I'm at my wits end. I'm not sure what to do. It frustrates me to take him out and he acts out like this. I know he is 2. But he understands the word no. So if you have any advice or ideas I would love it.

Dinner tonight is Beef Stroganoff in the crock pot. We spoke with Madison last night...still no key but she is having a really good time. So I'm happy for this. No one wants to spend that kind of money for their child to cry and want to come home. SO I'm grateful she is happy.

I'm also having a pre school debate with Miller. He turns 2 in late November and I cant decide whether or not to put him in pre school. What would you do or have done? Madison went at 2 but I was a full time working momma. I needed her to be there. But Miller is home with me. He sees other kids during the school year at MOPS the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. We have monthly play dates. I meet up with a friend to walk 2 times a week who has a little one the same age. We go to church every Sunday and during the school year we go on Wednesday nights and Sunday nights. SO he gets enough kid interaction I think. Maybe I'm just feeling guilty. I was thinking about letting him do it in January if there were spots available. He would be 3 then. I just dont know. Let me know your thoughts.

Well..I need to be off getting ready and making dinner for tonight. Have a great Thursday.


mom of 2 said...

Oh, the terrible 2's...with Travis it lasted well into the 3's and partly into 4...not fun times! You have to keep in mind, though, that boys are just different. We always thought we were these stellar parents because Emily was so well behaved and did the terrible 2's for all of a few months. Travis taught us that it was not our parenting at all!! Don't let it get you down, just do your best to hold your ground and it will pass.

We started both of our kids in a moms day out when they were 2. It was only 2 days a week from 9-2, but it was a wonderful break for both me and for the kids. I think it's so important for kids to learn to be without mom for a bit and know that they can manage. The kid interaction is a huge plus and learning how to behave in a classroom situation and share with their friends is also important. I just always felt that some time apart a few days a week really did both of us good and my kids loved their time at preschool!! I'm sure whatever decision you make will be the right one for you guys!

Karen said...

I learned that one of my kids was just not a good shopper at that age. So, I limited my trips with him and kept them short when we did go out. I think he was a couple years older when a friend (a dad!) gave me some advice. Each time we would get ready to go into a store, we would go over the rules. Just briefly. Some kids just need extra reminders.

It sounds like Miller is having lots of fun time with friends! Unless you feel a need for some alone time, let it go. He'll be in a school routine soon enough. Just my two cents -- take it for what it's worth:)

Trailboss said...

I agree w/Karen on the 2 yr old and shopping. They are a handful. As far has preschool I personally feel that some would be great. Would he go part time? My kids did and I never regretted it. But I was a working mom and was never able to stay home.

Chappyswife said...

Hi, Jen! Okay, you wanted MY opinion, so take it for what it's worth. :0)

I wouldn't send him yet. I would just enjoy him. Let him be little. It sounds like he gets enough interaction, and plus he has Madison. You are doing a great job with them. I don't think anyone could do better with your son than you!

Hope this helps. :0)

Barb said...

My own personal feeling, Jen, is that two is a little young for actual preschool. Sounds like he has plenty of interaction with other little kids and that's the most important thing at two. I put mine in preschool when they were about three and a half.

Sometimes it seems like the terrible twos will last forever, but they won't. He'll get past this stage a lot more quickly than you're probably thinking right about now. :-)

Kelli said...

I hope you have a good day and Miller doesn't give you too much trouble in the store. :0)

gail@more than a song said...

I think mine were 3 or older before they started a couple of days a week...I stayed home with them too. I like the idea of them being home, because school comes so fast later on! But you'll figure out what's right for your family.

Christina said...

Oh boy the good old terrible two's, I think boys go throught this more because they are rough and tumble to begin with so behavior to them is just too boring. Also Miller is smart and obviusly he knows the word no, but he also knows that he is out in public so it makes it much harder for you to have to discipline hime. Just think of how this will pay off when he is grown up. Of course that is about 20 years off right now so a lot of good it will do now. I don't have any great advice excpet you could act like one of those moms who pretends she doesn't know her kid is acting up or better yet pretends she doesn't know who's kid it is. I never had any luck with this one since they would yell mom louder and louder until I acknowledged them.

Why don't you consider part time pre-school. I did this with Darrian and he went only 3 hours a day. Just enough for me to get some stuff done and miss him.

Glad to hear Madison is loving camp. I loved camp. I only went a few times but it was so much fun.

Org Junkie said...

Nope I don't do preschool when I'm at home. It just makes no sense to me. Sounds like Miller gets plenty of playtime with other kids already so I don't really think it's necessary. Just my two cents :)

Ann(ie) said...

I so feel your pain. My boy has started his terrible two's at the tender age of 18 months. Godspeed Mama!!

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

We are going to put Judah in pre-school when he is three and potty trained. I think it's good for boys, especially, to have a couple of years of pre-school before kindergarten.

Plus, he needs the schedule and consistency pre-school brings. The social part will just be a bonus because he gets plenty of that just normally.

It's all a very personal decision and I know you'll make the best choice for Miller! You know him best, after all! :)


p.s. Judah goes to the car when he screams in public. No hesitation. It turns him around REAL quick!