Friday, 20 August 2010

Straight from the tantrum throwing textbook

I had to laugh when the Minx threw herself on the floor last night. She lay on her tummy and kicked her legs and thumped her hands on the floor.

It was the first time I have witnessed her trying to 'get her own way'.



Where do they learn that stuff? It was straight out of a tantrum throwing textbook. Complete with intermittent pausing, with a quick glance over the shoulder to make sure someone was watching, and then a return to form.

All of my kids have been very accomplished tantrum throwers. Maybe it is genetic?

Sadly for the twins, I have become adept in ignoring the toddler tantrum, being amused by them even. I've had a lot of practise. I wonder if this will mean that this 'phase' will be short lived?

If it is anything like the other twin milestones, Dew Drop will have his first tantrum in the next couple of days.

Just another thing to look forward to in this crazy life of mine.

14 comments:

Maxabella said...

Ha! Go the Minx!! Can't believe she tried it on... where's my placid little sweetheart?

Yay, 101 followers. Go the Coo, too!

Kelly said...

My 4 year old still throws tantrums, in fact she just threw one this morning before kinder when she couldn't put her own boots on without help.

Rachel said...

love tantrums.... I remember the first one Bop pulled on me... mouth open wide with hand covering it... we were in a store and it was a full blown one.... I had to laugh as everyone stopped and stared

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

Oh, I'm not looking forward to this next phase! Our Baby B is quite the theater major already, as there are times when she SCREAMS the second I divert my attention from her. Deep, cleansing breaths...

PinkPatentMaryJanes said...

I'm sure they feel it's a dramatic and worthy way of grasping your attention - but I sometimes find it hard to stifle the giggles. My daughter had her first throw down on the floor tantrum in the supermarket - I ignored her and walked a few metres away. We continued for a few aisles until she grew tired of it. Bless her, that was her last supermarket tantie!

Being Me said...

The tantrums. Ah, yes. They seem to get scarier the older they get (well, my girl does anyway!) - more conviction or something. But still damn funny!

Tenille said...

My daughter's tantrums make me laugh too. I love when she pauses momentarily to check that someone is still watching. She can turn on the tears like a tap these days; she's becoming quite accomplished.

Mama Cass said...

Ha! I love these moments. I have learnt to either ignore or laugh at them. Neither of my girls likes either option so it has been quite a while since I've witnessed a real tantrum.

life in a pink fibro said...

My favourite out of the genetic pool has always been Maxi-Taxi's silent protest. It lives on in my mind forever. The other stuff is just noise. Good luck with it!

Deb said...

Mine haven't done the physical tantrums, they're the sit on the floor and sob loudly until you throw up type. Don't touch me, don't look at me, don't talk to me, but don't let your attention wander away from me or I will get louder. All in all, I prefer the tantrums to the whining!

jfb57 said...

Beautifully described! I can see it all & you just standing there with a serene smile on your face! Brilliant! good to meet you!

Lori @ RRSAHM said...

Hehe. My two year old has just started stamping his feet. I'm like "Where does he get that from? And the Man says "Ah, from you...?" ;)

mummabear1970 said...

we've had the whinging and crying for ages now - Missy Megan turned 3 yesterday - we ask her is she laughing. We've been really lucky & not had full blown tantrums from any of our 3 kids - I think I have been able to nip them in the bud. They do try it on sometimes though. I am the mum you will see with kicking & crying child under the arm walking around the supermarket! At home I ignore the bad moods or try to distract them.

Gill@OurParklife said...

Perhaps the babies get a a "how to tantrum" brochure at the hospital? They seemed to give me every other "how to" brochure and pamphlet after the boys were born so wouldn't be suprise if they hand out such info to the kids too...!

Im getting better at ignoring the tantrums....I know it is the best policy but sometimes I end up getting sucked into it...

I can see how it must become easier with each child though...

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