I outfoxed a toddler. Yay for me!
I have to make this quick because I need to keep an eye on my adversary, a two-year-old with a mind like a sniper. She's up to her old tricks again. You know, the ones where she slaps her sister? Now she's added claws to the mix and poor little Stella's eyeballs are not safe without my supervision and amazing wits.
I've tried it all at this point: time out, a tap on the rear, negotiations, solitary confinement, bribery, the yanking of her Play Doh privileges. Etcetera. No matter what, she'll play nice for a while and gain my trust, then in one fell swoop she'll turn her demon eye on and go in for the kill. No seriously, I saw her try to put a pillow over the new baby's face yesterday.
I finally found something cruel and unusual that actually worked to curb this madness. I played her jealously game against her! When she took a swipe at her sis, I put her in close-proximity time out then had BIG FUN TIMES showering the baby with attention right in front of her. The equation is thus: bad behavior = less attention for her, more attention for Stella. Do you know this actually worked? Pay dirt! She's been back to her sweet self for nearly 24 hours.
Off to develop more mind games to keep my toddler in line. She could be bluffing, so I better go stand guard . . .