The morning started well. Dressed my kids, J had her breakfast and it was sunny and warm outside.
“J do you want to go to the playground?”
“Yes! Yes! Yes!”
I changed the baby’s diaper and packed the backpack with snacks and water.
“J, please step back or hold on to the railing.” – She was right on the edge facing downstairs.
“J, please step back. Lets put on your shoes. ”
“Do you want to go the playground?” – Trying to be cool.
“Yes!”- excitement on her voice.
“So we need to put your shoes on.”
“Noooo!!!!” – Screaming and crying just about to fall down the stairs, so I crabbed her hand.
“J, step back. It is not safe.”
“Nooooo!!!!! NO!!!” – she is on the ground screaming.
“No!” She looks up at me waiting for a reaction.
“Come on, J… mommy is ready to go. Lets go to the playground.” – Keeping my voice calm while I was starting to burn inside.
“No! No!” – still on the floor.
“Okay, so lets play here then.”
“No!!!” – The screaming got worse. My head was about to explode and the baby was fussing on my arms.
“J, what do you want to do? ” – Not so patient anymore.
No answer, more cry.
“Okay, lets play on the balcony.”
“Play dough! I want to play with play dough!” – I see a smile.
“Sure! Lets play with play dough on the balcony.”
We played with play dough while I was trying to figure out what went wrong. The stairs, the shoes…? I couldn’t take the risk of her falling down the stairs – it would be really bad falling down up to 20 steep steps. Oh well…
After making a couple of animal shapes with play dough she wanted to play with something else and we ended up not going out until later in the day.
It was one of those days: Toddler tantrums and a sick fussy baby. I held my ground, had a cry and ate a lot of chocolate cookies.
Husband got home and took care of them for a while. Then it was bed time… wine time… me time.
Today is another day. So far so good 🙂
How do you deal with your toddler’s tantrums?