I am a single dad of a two year old and one of the things I struggle the most with is how to properly discipline her (for lack of a better term).
For example, today while we were getting ready to take her to her preschool and for me to go to work she was being unusually difficult and kicking at me when I tried to brush her teeth or get her dressed. I would sit her down and talk to her calmly trying to tell her we had to do this, I needed her help, kicking is bad, and all that kind of stuff but nothing helped.
I know there is only so much a two year old can understand but when I constantly tell her not to kick me and she keeps doing it I just don't know what to do. I don't want to discipline her in a way that isn't helpful as I just want to promote good behavior through positive reinforcement but in these situations it is really difficult for me to remain patient. I don't always have the luxury of just sitting her down and waiting for her to calm down as there are times where I have to go to work.
Also, she is typically a very easy kid to handle and these kinds of things are really rare but it is also something that I feel I need to work on with her (for her sake and my sanity) and I want to do it in the most constructive way possible.