Thursday, March 31, 2011

Terrible Twos...already!?!

The past week has tested my parenting skills and patients unlike any other time in my life.  We have officially entered the terrible twos and all of the tantrums and melt downs that go along with it.  Liam has begun to assert his independence by throwing himself on the floor, screaming until he becomes a sweaty mess.  He does this if he doesn't want to come inside, if he doesn't want to go outside, if he wants a snack, if it's the wrong snack or if I put the wrong socks on him that do not have dinedines (dinosaurs) on them.  I realize that this "phase" will probably last until he's about 18, although I'm sure he won't throw himself on the floor if I don't give him the car keys, but WOW!  It's like he has the strength of 20 men and I can't even pick him up. 

Now I don't want you to think that my child is bad because he's not.  99% of the time, he's and angel.  He loves to read, do crafts, kick balls, color and run around.  He's usually in a good mood, even when he wakes up in the morning.  If you saw him laugh or smile, you'd never believe that he was capable of these types of melt downs.  So what I do is walk away ad let him calm down.  I almost ignore the tantrum and let him compose himself.  This seems to work pretty well, even though it can take up to a 30 minutes for him to calm down.

So do any of you have advise or tips for the terrible twos?  What do you do when you little one has a tantrum?  What I do, have a glass of wine after Liam goes to bed.  Cheers!



Solange, Nik and Caitlin said...

Caitlin has been in the terrible twos since she was 18 months. She will be 28 months in a few weeks. The beginning was SO much worse. She has gotten better at expressing what she wants and chilling out much faster than before.
I do exactly what you do. I ignore her when she's throwing a fit, even if it's out in public I let her just "do her thing" until she calms down-usually takes between 1-5 minutes(used to be like 30 mins. with banshee-like screams). She'll then say she's all better, give me a hug and apologize.
Just do what you think is right for him. It seems like you're doing well.
Wine does help, too!

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