My 17 month old son is starting to try and assert himself. He always does it at the most horrible times too. We were at the library and he proceeded to pull every book off the shelves and scream. He was having a great time. I was mortified! I didn't know what to do, but I knew I wasn't going to let him "win."
I picked him up and held him and said "No, you are NOT going to act crazy!"
He still started to scream even louder and trying to wiggle his way out of my arms.
I was starting to get irratated b/c he would not listen, I couldn't find my books and people were looking at me. I didn't want to get kicked out! I could have easily let him do whatever he wanted so he would be quiet...but to me a screaming child, who knows who's boss...even though he might not like it, it better than a child who IS the boss. I don't want to be one of those parents who is walked all over by my child.
So anyway- Micah screamed the whole time, I got my books and the libraian(sp) left me alone...Mission accomplished, right?
I still feel like crap though.
I am worried that I was to hard on him...b/c he is after all still a baby. I don't know. I am just doubting myself.