Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Circa July 2009- an indication of what was to be?

Tantrums are inevitable with any toddler. The frequency can differ, yes, but even the most well-behaved child on the planet will eventually break down into screeches and wails at times (usually somewhere public- you know, for giggles-sake).

My child will throw herself onto the floor shrieking when I dare to shut the refrigerator door, or (*gasp*) refuse to turn on Dora for her.

Overall, however, Avery has been on the agreeable end of the spectrum, often forgoing a sobbing fit for any distraction at all (My personal favorite? Animal crackers. Works every time).

Nonetheless, she has more recently begun to be rather, um, shall we say- petulant- in some situations.

Example #1: At a catered dinner with a large crowd at my in-laws abode, Avery grabbed the large plate of (red-sauce smothered) food that I had painstakingly cut up into tiny pieces, threw it onto the living-room floor, screamed “NO!” at the top of her lungs (just in case there was one person that wasn't turned around to look at this point), then proceed to stomp through it in anger.

Example #2: During the free-play time after a library program, Avery had accumulated several toys at her spot. She then decided that a stuffed animal (that I'm pretty sure a little boy had brought from home) would make an excellent addition to her collection. Stomping over toward the child like a snorting bull, Avery tried to grab Barney the Dinosaur out of his hands. He was older and stronger, though, so she couldn't grasp it. Yelling “SHARE!” (which she apparently thinks means, “Gimme all your stuff”) and then falling to the ground in a tearful rage, she caused such a commotion that all the other parents were staring at me. I choked out a quiet “sorry,” then slipped out.

Example #3: While grocery shopping, I made the mistake of wheeling my lovely child down the baby aisle to pick up some diapers. Whomever the diabolical barbarian is who designs the lane item displays is a complete jerk, because in order to get to said diapers, one must pass a throng of frivolous toys that appeal most to children who have been imprisoned in the front of a grocery cart for 45 minutes. Needless to say, Avery caused another scene, this time by pointing furiously and screaming “ELMO!” and crying when I sped past the Sesame Street block set as quickly as possible. The only thing that would calm her down was opening up the bag of goldfish crackers from the cart and allowing her to consume a good portion.

Is this an early showing of what the “terrible 2's” are going to be like?
Who, me?


  1. Oh I feel your pain! My worst child (as far as tantrums go) was my 2nd. He would throw himself to the ground and then bang his head on the ground. As if he needed something more to cry about!!! It freaked me out at first, but after a while I started ignoring it. It didn't stop until he did it at the grocery store. He even paused, looking at the hard surface before banging his head down, as if deciding whether or not it would be worth it. I watched the whole thing and I may sound like a horrible mom, but I didn't rescue him from himself. He wailed sooo loud I thought the whole store probably heard him. I scooped him up and placed him in the shopping cart until he calmed down. I do have to say, he never did it again after that. Not once!

    BTW, I'm newly following from the blog hop! I enjoy your writing!

  2. Even tho' I don't have kids of my own, I've helped raise my nieces and nephews. I can sympathize with what you're going through! Let me just say that when they're older, they'll be such delightful people that you'll forget all about what they put you through . . . mostly!

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  4. My 15 month old daughter has hit terrible two already. I hope they do not last long. She is evil to her siblings. She pinches and pulls hair. For some reason the tone of my voice does not seem to penetrate her ears. The only one she seems to listen to is her Dad. He works 15 hrs a day so needless to say I am nuts by the time he comes home. When he walks in all the chaos seems to stop and I am left looking like the insane one. UGH!

  5. Ha- all these comments are making me feel much more akin to all the moms out there! (They're also, I have to say, making me laugh)

  6. Yep! Been there done that! Following you on GFC as RambleSAHM! Check me out when you can!

  7. New follower from the blog hop I hope you stop on by!
    My 1 year old daughter has been having horrible tantrums and I don't remember my 8 year old ever doing it! I know how it feels

  8. Oh yeah, it's all down hill from here! ;)

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  9. She's so cute, it's hard to picture her behaving badly.

    Good luck!

  10. with a toddler! Good luck! ;)

    Thanks for stopping by Magical Mouse Schoolhouse! Following you too :)

  11. Oh the joys to come, LOL! My 16 month old is starting to show the stubborn side of life. She likes sitting in boxes too.

  12. As usual, this made my day. I'm not sure if I should warn you that the term 'Terrible Twos' is a misnomer. Three is worse, so don't be scared when it doesn't end right away. The good news is that four is delightful, and five is practically heavenly. It's all worth it.

  13. That's good news Jonathan- something to look forward to, I guess!

  14. I don't know how to tell you this but Jonathan is right...terrible 2s really is a misnomer. It's really the Terrible Threes! I have heard this from (well, from myself mainly...) but all of my mom-friends. I was just shell-shocked through 3. Four does get better, and 5 is a dream. to be mentally prepared so you don't get lulled into a false sense of relaxation before 3 comes along. (-:
    - Ado

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