Three things about toddler tantrums

Terrible two’s are not always terrible
I had no clue what the fuss was about. My daughter at two was awesome. Loving, cuddly, kind, funny. When she turned three however, it was…different. At times I saw glimpses of that sweet two year old, and other times I will admit I had no idea what was possessing my child. It can happen as easily as them wanting a blue balloon and you give them a blue balloon and then they have a meltdown right then and there because they changed their mind and want a red balloon and you should have known that’s what they really wanted. Pretty much, it’s as if you can’t do anything right. Welcome to parenthood. 🙂

It’s embarrassing, but we’ve all been there
When you are not a mom you wonder why that kid throwing such a fit in the store and why isn’t the mom doing anything. Come on, admit it. You probably gave them a disapproving glare. However once you’ve gone through it yourself and you see it happening to some other parent, your outlook on that situation is entirely different. Instead of “that poor kid” you think “that poor parent”.

Keep calm and carry on
That little saying is what can get you through it. I’ll admit I might have raised my tone a few times and that didn’t help, she would just drown out my own voice with more carrying on. Eventually I learned it was better for her (and me, who are we kidding) to get to her level, look her in the eyes and calmly repeat “I know you’re upset and I’m sorry.” One of two things would happen. Eventually she’d settle down, or, she’d continue being hysterical in which I would just pick her up (they won’t walk and dragging is frowned up) and go someplace where she could finish the tantrum without an audience. Sometimes there is nothing you can do and it’s better if you know that. Keeping your cool is a great example for them to see how to handle a difficult situation. Eventually they grow out of it. Mostly.

-Laura

2 Comments

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    Julia Brown
    October 2, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Good advice! So true, we’ve all been there.

  • Reply
    Julia Brown
    October 2, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Good advice! So true, we’ve all been there.

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