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Since When Do New Toys Merit Huge Tantrums?

Do you see that completely awesome T-Rex helmet on my toddler’s head?

Well, he may look pretty pleased in this photo, but this comes only after four hours of a complete refusal to even be in the same room with the helmet. In fact, when he was first presented with this item, which we thought he would do back flips over, he threw a huge crying fit, as if this helmet was perhaps the worst thing he had ever laid eyes on.

We all stood there and watched him go berserk, not sure whether we should reprimand him for his over-the-top antics, or just laugh. I really just wanted to say, “Seriously, kid? You LOVE dinosaurs and helmets. This is a DINOSAUR HELMET.”

This is how my toddler operates. He has a complete meltdown when presented with something new. I understand what is probably happening in his little mind, but I wonder if this behavior is a sign of his personality, or just another symptom of toddlerhood.

Once he gets it in his head that he doesn’t want to do something, it’s all over. He has to process the situation, and come to terms with it on his own time. This sometimes makes trying new things while out in public completely impossible, and I have to admit, it is a little frustrating for me when he refuses to try something new.

Do you think my toddler will eventually stop being so resistant to new things, or is this really a sign of his underlying personality?

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