Saturday, 6 August 2011

Warning! Raging Toddler - Approach with Caution!

Tantrums are very big in our house at the moment. I am not sure if it is just because we are living it, but I think that my 18 month old Joshua's tantrums are bigger and more spectacular than my other 3 children's tantrums combined. His temper is something to behold.

He does the usual lying flat on the floor, kicking his legs and waving his arms around. I can deal with that. But he has this high pitched scream that he assaults our ears with and he seems to take great delight in lashing out at his three year old brother, Angus. This morning he even head butted him, before hitting him a few times. Angus is a sweet heart and he doesn't retaliate at all. Such a gorgeous little man. He understands that Josh is only very young.

Look at this face. Apart from being incredibly cute, you can see the cheekiness there.

At the moment I am dealing with it, by getting down on his level, holding his arms and saying a firm No. (which he laughs at) Phfft! lol. If he does it again he gets a time out, aka Supernanny style, one minute for his age. He hates it. He is a sociable little munchkin and despite hitting them occasionally he loves his brothers and sisters a lot. Especially his oldest sister Bethany. They seem to have a connection there and I think they are going to be very close, firm friends all of their lives.

I know that, this too shall pass. It is his age and he needs to learn what is acceptable behaviour and what isn't. He will get there. We have travelled this road before and with a lot of love and a bit of guidance he will turn out ok. ;-)

He is an adorable little guy and he is enriching our lives so much, by being here. I love him with all of my heart. I think that goes without saying. We can see that he is very intelligent, quick to pick up new things, very lovable, happy, and he gives great cuddles.

How do you or did you deal with tantrums? What has worked and what hasn't? What about when you are out at the shops and you have to deal with one? Did you get the terrible twos or threes or did they start earlier?


1 comment:

  1. Throw tantrums with that cute face? surely not! He's a beautiful boy full of spirit and life. It's amazing how all our kids can be so different. This little one is testing you out at the moment, but he'll come through it just fine. That strong character will stand him in good stead in the future! Sounds like you are handling it just right! Aunty Ang xx


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