Over the last few weeks I've really been struggling with Alex and his two year old attitude. I don't want to call it the "terrible two's" mostly for the fact that it seems that he only has this attitude with me. It's his whining, I can't stand it! He whines about something then it's like he won't stop no matter how much or how little I discipline him. On the other hand all Dustin has to do is look at Alex and say "that's enough!" and he instantly stops! What is it that daddy does that I don't? Dustin tells me that I'm doing everything right, he knows that I'm being most consistent. There are days that he's home all day with us so he really does see how things are dealt with, he's been really good about not stepping in when I'm disciplining, Alex needs to know that he has to listen to me just as much as he listens to daddy.
I really make a conscious effort to give him more attention thinking that maybe he's having jealousy issues with Isaac. I spend more time with Alex then with Isaac, honestly, Isaac is so easy going that he really has no complaints just playing on his own for hours. I'm aware that Alex needs more of me.
Some days Alex is a complete angel, extremely polite with "Yes please. No thank you. Yes mom." so it makes it that much harder on his bad days when he's throwing a whining fit that I can't help but know that he could be acting so much better.
I've been praying, asking the Lord to give me wisdom on how to deal with this situation. I've been in tears because I feel like I am constantly disciplining him and doing something wrong as a mom.