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abt my boy...as usual :P

Yeah..haven't been updating my journal that dilligently compared to last year. Part of the reason is that Aidan has been taking up more of my time now especially since he's much more mobile and hyper and his nap time in the day has lessened a lot. Previously, he used to be able to sleep at least two 2 to 3 hourly naps a day...but now, I'll be happy if he's able to sleep for more than an hour at a go. Sometimes, he'll go two days with just one nap in the day and by day 3, he'll be so tired that he'll nap longer hours. Heh but I can't put the blame on him entirely...I admit..I'm getting kinda lazy too..

And yes..his mobility ! So far, he has managed to break 3 cups already *sigh*. Time to go Ikea to restock. Maybe I should just get unbreakable cups :P..My problem is that I always underestimate him and assume that he isn't able to reach certain items which I'd placed on tables/shelves. But Aidan who's ever so relentless whenever he spots anything that looks interesting would somehow manage to get his hands on them. Pretty soon, I have to place everything abt my eye level to be deemed safe from him.

He's been starting to throw minor tantrums whenever he doesn't get his way. Fortunately, they don't last very long. Previously, I could rely on his short-term memory by quickly tempting him with something else but it seems that this doesn't work that well anymore. Sometimes, I really wonder what I should do at times like this. It can be quite trying and I'll try my best not to lose my temper too. Usually, I'll 'explain to him nicely and will just let him 'wail' if he doesn't accept it and he'll stop after a while when he realise he isn't gonna get his way. I really hope that this is just a phase but I do fear that it may only get worse..especially when he gets older and undergoes this self-discovery/identify phase. Fortunately, he hasn't thrown any tantrums when we'll out *cross fingers*..Hmm, hope I'm not gonna jinx it by writing that. And remember, whenever u guys see a kid throwing tantrums and misbehaving outdoors, don't be too fast to blame the parents immediately! You'll understand when u have kids of your own.

I am thinking of signing him up at Julia Gabriel's PlayClub Nest Class. This is not because I'm a kiasu parent and I want Aidan to start learning and 'attending classes' at an early age. I think he's someone who thrives on activity [heh, just like his mom] and at times, I can tell that he's bored with the toys & VCDs at home. I've been attending this 'parenting discussion group' at JG at Evan's Road for the last 2 weeks and I find the environment is pretty good for kids. Aidan enjoys himself when he's there too. Will most likely sign him up for the next semester which starts in a few weeks time.

Here's some pics of the li' ones taken at one of the classrooms at Julia Gabriel...
Aidan loves the toys there and had fun playing with them :)

Thought I've posted the last of the beach pictures but I couldn't resist showing this one off..
I thought it looks so cute...with the 2 boys sitting on the sandbank 'chatting' with each other..

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Mar. 3rd, 2004 09:17 pm (UTC)
I know Ethan's tantrum can be quite bad, based on what u've written and I can see how much u've tried and all the preparations u make to make sure he doesnt get overly worked up. My hats off to you! And he has his good moments too which makes all the effort worth it..i recall he was okay at Aidan's party..saw him happily playing away.

I know Aidan's tantrum isnt actually that bad..it's minor already and yet im complaining :P I view him more as a hyperactive kid as opposed to one that's unmanageable and with the terrible 2s on it's way, im trying to pysch myself for the worse..
Mar. 4th, 2004 09:17 am (UTC)
heh dont say that Aidan is hyperactive, thats used for kids with ADHD. Aidan is just a normal, healthy kid but one with a high metabolic rate.

As for discipline and consistency, it is always good to let him know who's the boss, the very first time a tantrum/ whine/ misbehaviour occurs and not the 2nd, 3rd, 100th time. You have to be really strong and firm and not give in to him even though he drives you buggy during that time. Kids are evil monsters who can sniff out weaknesses/ xin ruan in adults quicker than you can say Stop!

I handle approx 18 kids (18 mths - 4 years) or more per day, so I dont need a kid of my own now to understand what you're going through, LOL!