Terrible twos and terrifying tantrums are a milestone in every parent’s life. They directly lead you to those moments where you just want to run away. What does your child’s tantrum say about her personality and your parenting skills? And more importantly, why do they all lie on the floor?
According to Wikipedia: “A tantrum (or temper tantrum or tirade or hissy fit) is an emotional outburst, usually associated with children or those in emotional distress, that is typically characterized by stubbornness, crying, screaming, yelling, shrieking, defiance, angry ranting, a resistance to attempts at pacification and, in some cases, violence.” Okay, so we all know what it is and although Wikipedia has attempted to define it, the definition above does it absolutely no justice.
There’s a reason they’re called the terrible twos and a reason Gina Ford has made millions writing books on what most parents already know or will soon discover except we continue to buy these books because it makes us feel better that we are not alone.
Here are a number of ways I have found effective to dealing with them:
1) Go ahead and have a tantrum of your own. Come on, you know you want to. So, why not do the unexpected and act exactly like how you feel? Scream! Stomp and throw yourself on the ground. Key to remember: have yours last longer than your little ones’.
2) Do not try and understand the situation. Think about other things. Your grocery list, whether or not you should wash your hair, and whether you need to get that mole on your shoulder checked out. (By the way, you later discover it was a bit of dirt and not a mole at all. Feel relieved and a bit disgusted at the same time.)
3) Put a piece of chocolate at the end of a selfie stick. Try and lead your little one into a more confined space. Perhaps away from the kitchen where sharp objects can be found.
4) Start singing a song and hope they will forget that they are in mid scream and join in on the refrain, “tissues, tissues, we all fall down!” This has not proven to be particularly efficient but I still try.
5) Alcohol and deep breaths. And more alcohol.
The very first time my daughter had one my husband was convinced that she was having some sort of an allergic reaction that resulted in body convulsions. She was not. She was just biologically preparing herself to turn two.