Is every almost-three year old so indecisive? Ingrid is horrible at making a decision. She finds it too overwhelming to pick something if given a choice. But...at the same time finds it heartbreaking to have decisions made for her.
Every morning we go through the same struggle--what do you want to drink? Apple juice or milk? You would think it was Sophie's Choice up in here! It takes that girl so long to choose! Apple juice, no milk, no apple juice. I take out the apple juice, "NO! I want milk!" I poor the milk, "NO! I said I wanted apple juice!"
Just now I asked her what she wanted to eat. "Nothing." Five seconds later when I'm sitting here at the computer drinking my coffee (which I had no problem choosing, thank you very much) she starts going on and on about how she's "really really hungry" as if we are starving her.
OH MY GOD, she just tests my patience so much these days!!!
From my nannying days I remember to avoid a struggle you were supposed to offer a choice of two things. That way they feel like they have a say in what goes on, but aren't overwhelmed by too many options. But Ingrid takes those two options and goes back and forth and cannot decide. She ends up freaking out because I end up saying I'm counting to three and then you have to choose or I will. The scenarios here are: I choose for her, she freaks out. I let her choose, she can't make a decision and we end up in front of the refrigerator cooling off the whole kitchen. I count to three and make her decide and she freaks out. What gives, it's just juice!!
Any tips? Anything you find that works? Do they grow out of this (PLEASE SAY YES.)
2 weeks ago