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OK so I just found out I am about to have a second baby and im not even 20 yet! my toddler is almost 2 and she is a hitter, thrower, and screamer! I have no idea how to tell her no! She just either cries and wimpers and just hits me! I know that she is way to young to be spanking and I have no idea where I can make a time out place in my little appartment with my fiance and 2 other room mates :( Which I happen to hate having room mates but thats all we can afford. I dont have a job and my fiance works part time at walmart stocking supplies at night and I dont have a job! I dont think I can get a job because we only have one car :( ahhh please if you have any advice on how to cool my stressors down and help maintain my toddler on a low income budget, pleaseeee tell me! I am dying to know!
It sounds like you have your hands full. I am so glad that you found us here at Strongmoms, and I'm really hoping that the community can support you as you navigate parenthood. Your question is a tough one, and different things work for different people. You sound like you have a pretty good grasp on what is going on with your daughter. Given all of this I think the most helpful thing that I can do is to give you the link to the American academy of pediatrics and let you do some searching. They have a ton of information in different modalities. There is lot of written material, plus there are also audio files. To start with here is the main page:
I want you to find the search box, which is a small box that you can type into on the upper right hand corner of the page. Search for any words that you think best relate to your child.
The second link I'm sending you is also for that page, but i put in the terms "discipline toddlers". As you will see when you click on this link there are tons of resources for dealing with toddlers and behavior.
I know sometimes it seems like the world is closing in, but this second child is a blessing even if it seems like you are not prepared to have your family grow. The ladies have provided excellent information for you. If having a car is a major obstacle to you getting a job, try finding a telecommuting job. Even if it is just data entry or proofreading, you can earn extra money without leaving the house and it is a job that you can do deep into your pregnancy. You will be surprised at how much you can earn online if you put your mind to it. Good luck and congratulations!
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