We’ve Entered Tantrum TerritoryLauren Jimeson
As Avery gets older, I am starting to see more and more of personality shine. She is such a fun and energetic little girl who is very outgoing and loves everyone that she comes in contact with. She is also very independent. Perhaps it’s wanting to let herself shine in a household with a big sister or her love of being in the spotlight, but Avery likes to do things her way.
Lately, when Avery doesn’t get her way, she is not happy about it. I thought the tantrums started closer to age two, but Avery is making me very aware that they can start shortly after her first birthday. As much as Avery loves everyone, she also likes everyone to see her. When she is unhappy, she lets everyone around her know that she’s unhappy. She cries, throws herself on the floor and kicks her legs. She is only 13 months old and she’s already throwing tantrums like my three year old.
I thought dealing with a tantrum with one little girl was tough, but dealing with two little girls that will throw tantrums is excruciating. I am trying to deal with Avery’s tantrums similar to the way that I deal with Harlan’s, but she isn’t at the stage yet where she truly understands why she can’t get what she wants. She definitely understands the word no, but she doesn’t understand why I am telling her no.
Harlan didn’t start getting upset like this until she was very close to turning two, so Avery has definitely caught me off guard by starting so early. Don’t get me wrong, Avery is a very easy going baby and is happy 98% of the time. But take away something that she finds and tries to put in her mouth that she’s not supposed to have and it’s like her world is ending and she wants everyone to know it.
Did your child start throwing tantrums early? Any advice on how to deal with them?
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