The temper tantrums that I was dreading, those ones which come when little ones are nearing their second birthday, those screaming, nose running, stamping the feet and lying on the floor-type tantrums?
They are already here.
I was NOT prepared for this at this stage. I have just gone back to work 4 days and week and Chiplet has started at nursery for 2 days a week, so there are alot of changes afoot. To be fair however, these tantrums started just after his first birthday and are pretty much standard at the moment. If you do any of the following – it starts:
- Say no
- Close a door
- Take a dangerous item out of his grasp
- Offer him something he does not want
- Change his nappy
- Get him dressed
- Get him undressed
- Put him down for a nap
- Pick him up
- Put him down
Oh joy. There are only a couple of things that do not give him a tantrum: His comforter ‘Errol the Elephant’ and the dustpan and brush.
I feel dread. Dread that he is going to keep on with these tantrums and that I won’t know what to do about them and dread that something is really wrong with him when he is ‘kicking off’. The first time, I ran to the pharmacist thinking he was in pain. . It is difficult as he has had a cold and cough and also may be teething, so I always assume that something is genuinely wrong. Actually isn’t a tantrum just his way of communicating his frustration? I guess that could be anything from “I want that phone to play with” to “I need to lie down with my blanket and have a nap”.
I spent a lot of time trying to identify his cues for hunger, sleep and cuddles when he was younger and now the ball game is totally different, I feel like I need some new training.
Does anyone else have a 54 week old baby doing the same thing?