Monday, June 22, 2009
"Button, button, who's got the button because I want to push it!" This seems to be the internal monologue playing on repeat in my 2-year-old's head. Apparently, Jim and I pushed our luck when we had such an easy going first child, we thought it was a great idea to have another one just like her.
Ryah's favorite thing to do is torment her older sister. We have a split level home and the bottom stairs are gated off at the top. Lately, Ryah has been taking toys right out of Peri's hands and running over and throwing them down the stairs. Then she laughs while Peri screams, "No, Ryah, no! That's Peri's toy!"
At night, the girls will lay in their beds and Ryah will let out a scream and then a hearty laugh. Every time she screams, Peri cries and tells Ryah to stop. Peri has an aversion to loud sounds, and she shares a room with the loudest sound in the house. I can't believe she's only two and knows how to push her sister's buttons and take great delight in doing it.
As for punishing Ryah, I haven't yet found something that will work. I can get her to sit in timeout, but she laughs if I swat her on the butt and repeats everything I say when I'm scolding her.
"Ryah, that was naughty."
"Don't throw Peri's things."
"Don' frow Peri's fings."
"Be a good girl."
"You're driving me nuts!"
Is it wrong of me to encourage my oldest to pick on my youngest? :oP