At least I know I’m not alone. There are countless articles out there that describe the kinds of tantrums that two-year-olds are capable of, so I know what I’m experiencing is normal. But as a first-time-mom, there’s not an article or book out there that could have prepared me for the wrath of my unhappy two-year-old.
Harper’s outbursts have been steadily increasing in frequency and fury. She used to just cry uncontrollably. Those broke my heart to watch, but they’re nothing compared to the screaming fits that she’s been unleashing lately. Last night, it was over changing into her pajamas. A seemingly routine act, that happens literally every night ended up becoming the last thing in the world that she wanted to do- and she let us know it. Screams that echoed throughout our apartment, that probably woke up neighbors and had our cat running for cover. Flailing arms and legs. She was literally uncontrollable.
Of course, in these moments, I feel like I should be mentally going back to the articles that I’ve read about how to respond and react accordingly. Most of the time though, I’m standing there a bit paralyzed, in shock that my sweet tiny baby has already become a screaming toddler. I try to hug her and calm her down- she pushes me away. If I walk away to try to give her space, she seems to cry more. I’m still trying to figure out the right way to help her through these episodes. I hope it doesn’t take too long to figure it out.
How have you handled your toddler’s tantrums?
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