Our First Temper Tantrum
posted by: Guest Blogger
Oh, the ever-changing world of toddlerhood.
One minute, you think you’ve finally grasped the complexities, and the next minute, everything changes.
Yesterday was not a fun day. We were at the park on a playdate with our friends, and suddenly, I started feeling really sick to my stomach. I mumbled a few words and headed to the car, calmly talking to my toddler to avoid a meltdown.
In the car ride home, I nearly cried. I thought I was going to be sick, and my husband was out of town. My little one had just recovered from a virus herself.
At this point, she is crying, and I’m trying to pacify her while feeling overcome with pain in my stomach. None of her toys or books seem to satisfy her. Suddenly, she just starts crying really hard and just gets stiff and starts flailing her legs. Is this really happening? I’m asking her what’s wrong and where it hurts, and she just looks at me between deep sobs. Don’t panic. I’m just thinking that she might have a genetic predisposition to seizure disorder. Is that what’s happening? The doctor said she just had a virus.
Then, she stopped. Then she started again. And it hit me. She is having a temper tantrum. She was disappointed we left the park. She was getting whiny and stubborn and having a difficult time communicating. She was tired. She was frustrated. She was uncomfortable and bored and confused and upset. Wow, this is extremely unpleasant.
Flash-forward to today. As I am starting to feel better and as I was reflecting back on the nightmare yesterday–being alone in a new place with a frustrated toddler while I was very sick–I realized one thing about the days ahead–Must. Stay. Busy. We really must keep things fresh for her and for me as much as possible. Since we’d been home sick with her all week, she was disappointed that we had to come back home so abruptly from our fun playdate. Being cooped up all week really is no fun for either of us. We are both in better spirits if we are engaged in fun activities.
Time to sign up for new mommy-and-me classes, stat.
As a first-time mom who left her professional career in Texas, Guest Blogger Brooke is learning about parenting–and Colorado–as she goes. She offers ways to be more intentional with your family’s time and resources at her blog The Intentional Momma that includes frugal shopping, toddler activities, travel deals, reading insights, and inexpensive projects. Photo