🙄 Temper tantrums.
That’s right folks – we’ve been thrust into a new dimension of parenthood in TTBH – the dreaded temper tantrums! My kiddo, who is just shy of 17 months (now 27 months) has
started continued to take epic temper tantrums at what seems the drop of a hat.
We’re talking arched back, screaming, crying, fists pounding the pavement tantrums. She’s being a real peach these days and I wanted to share some (because there are apparently far more than just 30) reasons my toddler takes epic temper tantrums just about anytime and anywhere.
30 reasons my toddler takes epic temper tantrums
➡ Her diaper is wet, dry, too tight, too loose, too puffy. Temper tantrums ensue when she isn’t allowed to take off her diaper and fling it whenever she wants to pee and poop all over the house.
➡ She isn’t allowed to eat paper, book corners, flyers, agendas, puzzle pieces or any other paper products she feels on noshing on at any given moment.
➡ She’s told “no” when she wants to tightrope walk on the back of the couch, the ottoman, the banister, kitchen counter top, the toilet seat and her bed rails.
➡ She’s hungry, not hungry, peckish, not peckish, thirsty, not thirsty.
➡ She’s expected to sit buckled into her high chair and eat for more than 30 seconds at a time without the television blaring one of her favorite t.v shows.
➡ She’s asked to gently pet the cats and not grab them by the tails and drag them around the house like a Swiffer Sweeper.
➡ She’s forced to wear socks with her shoes to prevent blisters.
➡ Blisters from not wearing socks with her shoes.
➡ She’s buckled into her stroller or car seat for more than 5 minutes and consequently prevented from running anywhere and everywhere she wants.
➡ She’s discouraged from eating dirt and mud from the garden, plants and park.
➡ She needs to have food cleaned off her face, hands, body.
➡ She’s encouraged to crawl backwards down the stairs. Clearly, lunging frontward is the only way.
➡ She needs to wear shorts that expose her knees on especially warm days.
➡ She is expected to sit in the bath. Standing is all the rage.
➡ She’s prevented from gaining access to cat and dog kibble.
➡ She isn’t permitted to watch the Little Engine for the 15th time any given day.
➡ She is discouraged from climbing the china cabinet, furniture, kitchen cabinetry, bathroom vanities.
➡ She isn’t allowed to rip up mail.
➡ She’s kindly discouraged from digging tunnels in the cat sandboxes.
➡ She’s prevented from opening doors thanks to safety locks.
➡ She’s expected to fall asleep at a reasonable hour or take a nap mid-day.
➡ She’s told “no” when she decides she wants to decorate walls with crayola crayon art.
➡ She needs to have her nose cleaned.
➡ She’s offered a grilled cheese sandwich that’s cut into squares and not triangles.
➡ Her hair needs washing.
➡ She’s expected to hold my hand while we walk through the mall.
➡ She’s not allowed to eat a 5th cheesie.
➡ She needs to wear clothes and not run around in a diaper.
➡ She’s discouraged from sticking her fingers into and touching electrical sockets.
➡ She’s tired, not tired, bored, frustrated, angry, sad, happy.
We’re taking it all in stride and trying not getting too worked up about any of this. Some days are better than others and we’re just taking it one tantrum at a time really. They’re only little once right?
Update: since writing this post last year I’ve read a few books about handling toddler temper tantrums. Of all the books I’ve read Christine J. Carter’s book Toddler Discipline: Essential Guide for Parents: The Most Effective Strategies to Eliminate Tantrums, Behavior Problems and to Raise a Happy Child has by far been the most helpful. It’s short and to the point and offers up examples with actionable tips and solutions you can try wen dealing with explosive toddler behavior. I totally recommend it to anyone who finds them in a similar situation!
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I want to hear from you!
Why does YOUR kiddo take tantrums?