I'd like to say that Riley is advanced for her age. For example, at 17 months, she's already tapping into her terrible 2's. To be fair, most of the time, Riley is a happy child, and a happy baby makes for happy parents. But when something doesn't go her way, she is quick to go into melt-down mode. She is also already starting to get quite testy. She now tries to stand on the sofa, and I have started to implement the infamous "time-out". But like most things parenting, your plans don't always pan out. Here is how I found her after having placed her in time-out:

I also once had a discussion with a friend about refraining from saying "no" to your child too often. I don't really have to strong of a stance on this one-- sometimes, there is nothing to say but "no." But I soon found out why someone would suggest staying away from it:

We're doing our best here. It is going to be a lot of trial and a lot more errors. But it has been fun every step of the way. 

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