Although we’re glad that we are starting to be able to communicate with Katherine we’re less thrilled about the burgeoning toddler temper tantrums. “Oh noooooo” is a common reaction to new food, familiar food, moving something out of the way, offering an unwanted toy, etc. Often accompanied by a terrific pout and stamping of feet. Our very own Rumpelstiltskin. So we’re trying to set some boundaries, sticking to the food we offer first, rather than retreating to safer waters, if only because we know it won’t get any easier as she gets older (but does it have to start so young???). Judging by her usual voraciousness, we’re pretty sure she won’t starve before eating the food we offer. But our lack of sleep isn’t making the job any easier, and we’ve discovered that the plaster and lack of carpet padding in our house makes for a very live space for Katherine’s yells. I may have to hang fabric panels on the wall just to deaden the sound a bit! She’s also not keen on us sitting or standing together (oh no, affection and camaraderie between parents!) or us standing next to the kitchen counter (so cooking has gotten a lot less fun). So, as much as we’re enjoying watching her wake up to the world, we’re hoping it won’t be too long before she learns that we’re more stubborn than she is, if less energetic.
I recall when our children were toddlers, the terrible 2’s began around 18 months. It is an exercise in parental patience and consistent follow through that you didn’t know you possessed. My method was to get on the child’s level eye-to-eye, and with few words, in a low, firm voice “No. We don’t act that way – no tantrums (or whatever the behavior).” Putting toddler to bed for a few minutes until she quiets down – over and over again – will eventually teach that her behavior will not get what she wants. Once again – good luck with that!
You aren’t suggesting that I was ever a difficult child, are you, Mom?
Not suggesting a thing – blatantly telling the world:)