Being a parent is frought with small frustrations, not the least of which is unnecessary “assistance” from others.
It’s true, Sasha is going through a rough patch right now. Not only is he in the throws of being two-and-a-half, but he’s trying to dispense with his naptime, has nightmares about the bad monsters and Swiper, and has to adjust to one of his places having a sudden influx of rules where none existed before. It’s not easy for him right now.
But I think we’ve got a handle on it. It’s been pretty good. Every little change sets us back a bit, but once we’ve made a few adjustments we get back to making progress. As I’ve said before, we have a pretty easy child. We are currently again making progress.
Meanwhile someone decided that since they are not experiencing the same success in dealing with him, that WE needed a book on parenting. A book written by an individual who’s methods I tried during earlier periods of Sasha’s life which only made things worse, so I have little confidence that his methods speak to my child. When WE aren’t the ones having trouble bringing things around to how they ought to be.
I do not believe the problem is with Sasha. He’s disciplined, patient, and has a fairly long attention span. Yes, he’s a toddler, but he responds well to our methods. I do not read books on how to parent your child because I find far more success in ‘winging it’ than following what the so-called experts tell me to do (which each time has ended in spectacular failure).
I do not believe the problem is with our parenting. If it were, I don’t think we would’ve experienced marked improvements with our means of dealing with each new issue.
I kind of find the book insulting. It implies that we are the cause and don't know what we're doing.