Who thought parenting a toddler would be so much damn work? What about parenting two toddlers at one time? Yeah… leaves my head spinning daily.
A couple weeks ago I wrote about our increase in temper tantrums in our oldest son. And just when I thought we had it all under control and the tantrums had started to phase out… they came back with vengeance.
I thought I had everything under control, until today when I was driving and my almost four-year-old hurled a sippy cup through my mini-van right into the center console between the two front seats. Had he hit me, while I was driving it could have caused a serious accident.
What if it had hit my almost 5-month-old who sits directly behind me? What if that cup got stuck under my peddles? A lot of what if’s right? What if’s a mother never wants to think about, or wonder the end result of.
Why am I even bringing this up? To share that I am a complete failure as a mother? Of course not, because all moms have difficult patches with their children. I am bringing this up to really follow up on parenting advice I got about a toddler throwing temper tantrums.
I was always told by other parents… ignore it… it will go away when they don’t get the attention they are looking for, which in this case would be a hefty load of negative attention. Time out’s are not attention a parent wants to give. I promise that!
Now that I am looking down the barrel of a gun that could shoot at any moment in the form of a toddler who could grow to have behavioral issues, learning issues, and things that will impact him for life, I need to do something more to address the behavior which seems to only be getting worse, not better.
Parenting advice I am glad I ditched? Ignore the behavior, it will go away…
Parents… chime in! How do you deal with it?
What works best for your toddler?