We’ve been out of town the last week or so, and we are finally getting back into the routine of things. We went to San Diego for a few days (more on our trip tomorrow…) and then I went up to YoungLife’s Lost Canyon camp with the YoungLives girls. It was an amazing time, even though I was away from my boys! The fact that mama was away for the last week or so may contribute to this post and what we’ve been dealing with since I got home…emper tantrums.
No one told me that at one year old, Baby J would be throwing himself down on the ground in anger, frustration, and sadness. In fact, today, my sweet little man threw a 23 minute temper tantrum due to the fact that his mama was eating breakfast. Seriously, guys. Those of you with kiddos are probably laughing at me right now and thinking, “Welcome to the club!” I’ve never experienced this before though! I wasn’t expecting my little angel to turn into a kicking, hitting, and screaming ball of tears a few times a day.
That being said, there are TONS of different ways that you can deal with this event. I’ve heard of ignoring, yelling back, videotaping it, talking them through it, distracting, and holding them and letting them deal with it. I’ve tried some of these… ok, all of them, and nothing seems to work. Since nothing has been working, I pray. I pray for my reactions. I pray for my sweet baby to come back and for him to calm down. I’ve made sure he’s safe. I try to distract and tell him that I understand he’s sad. Today, that didn’t work. I had to get Mr. Wonderful, who then managed to distract him quite well and get him to stop.
I guess I’m asking… what do you mamas do to stop the tantrums??? How do you deal with it??? I’m struggling, and prayer seems to be the only thing that works for us.
(at least he’s ridiculously cute even in the midst of a tantrum) 🙂