Oh toddlers. They’re funny little humans. Well, at least they think they’re funny.
I mean, look at that face. There is no possible way that this cute little girl could throw a tantrum.
Lies. LIES. LIES.
I’m going to preface this by saying that Sophia’s tantrum spurts started almost overnight. I think that’s why the first tantrum came as such a shock to us. There are a lot of things that Sophia finds completely normal some days, such as drinking coffee creamer, standing on the dining room table, and painting the floor with the remnants of her morning milk cup. I can (sometimes) prevent a meltdown but other times, they’re inevitable.
One thing we’ve learned with Sophia is to not intervene if she gets upset, more specifically at night when she’s already in bed. It could be a bad dream, a thunderstorm, a lost-for-a-second bunny, teething pain, or gas. Unless she’s crying for a solid 3+ minutes, we physically cannot go in her room. She gets so much more upset if we go into her room and try to calm her down. It’s extremely frustrating at times, but it’s what works for her, so we make it work for us.
I’ve found that the redirect + ignore technique works for us at the moment. No, I don’t mean put her in the basement to cry it out. So during the day, I try to redirect as much as possible. Where is your bunny? Would you like a snack? Where’s your balloon? Do you want to color? Are you thirsty? One of these questions will usually follow up with a small “yes” and all is right with the world. When that doesn’t happen, I turn the shoulder. She realizes that I’m not bringing attention to her tantrum, and that when she shows me what she wants, or would like to do something, she can do it without a tantrum. It may not be the technique that works for every parent or child, but it works for us. Believe me – once you’re a parent and you find something that works, you stick with it. Don’t stray. It could cost you your sanity.
So that’s where we are on tantrums. Fun stuff. Not.
On the recipe end, I did find this delicious recipe on Pinterest for Chicken Lozone. It’s delicious and it’s even better the next day.
It’s so beautifully delicious. Incredibly fattening, but that’s okay. Because I said so.
On another incredibly random note, we got a new stroller! Yes, it’s like my 7th stroller. Judge away, I only own two now 😀
Anyway, it’s beautiful, and Sophia finally doesn’t scream bloody murder when I throw the idea of going for a walk in her stroller around the neighborhood. She actually gets super excited, climbs into it herself(?!) and asks for an apple slice. Every. Single. Time.
It’s awesome, and well worth the money.
Annnndddd, I’m not going to tell you what it is because that would spoil my review on it for Monday’s blog post 😉
Sorry for the abrupt stopping of the blog posts, life happened. See you Monday – until then, we’ll be enjoying our smoothies.