BUT (I'm getting to my point) - he does have his moments. He is two and the tantrums have not skipped our house. I don't know if it's because he is so sweet normally but his tantrums seem TERRIBLE! I'm talking flinging himself on the floor, screaming, hitting, stomping, flailing, world is coming to an end... terrible. And they last an absurd amount time. He had one this week and it lasted for an hour and fifteen minutes. There's nothing you can say or do to calm him down. He usually spazzes until he pukes. Then that snaps him out of it. The one he had this week was the first time that he hasn't puked. He coughed and choked a few times but he didn't actually throw up. That must be why it lasted longer than usual. I would love any advice from the mommas out there. So far I usually just ignore it. I'll walk over to him every 10-15 minutes, get on his level, and try to calmly talk to him. When he starts hitting I try to put him in a time out but he is so irrational that I don't think he knows what it means. John wants to spank but I am not ok with that. I have spanked him a time or two but I feel like all he got out of it was that he can hit when he's frustrated. From what I have read, tantrums seem to be the result of a lack of control. (I hope he doesn't get my control issues.) So I have been giving him ways to make his own decisions. For example, "Do you want to floss or brush your teeth first?" "Would you like grapes or a banana with dinner?" "Would you like to play ball or go to the pool?" It does seem to be helping. I know this is just a phase and he'll grow out of soon. And, thankfully, his tantrums are few and far between. I just need an extra dose of patience when they do happen!
|He posed like this himself. He must have seen a picture of someone posing like this. Too cute!|
|Swimming with Emma Catherine|
Final update: Mark your calendars Canadian friends and family!! We're coming your way on Christmas Day!! :)