The toddler temper tantrum (Latin name Screamus Horribilis) has started to be a larger and larger part of Sophie’s day. What causes this? Some say, not enough sleep. Others, that it’s just part of a childs steps towards independence. Yet others say it’s God’s vengance for our wicked ways. Oops, that’s Pat Robertson talking about New Orleans.
I went through and captured on film (well, a memory card) the elements of the temper tantrum. It was actually pretty theraputic to take pictures of the tantrum rather than try to resolve it.
First, Sophie doesn’t get what she wants – in this case we put together a lunch of known favorites. PeasAndCorn (her term), chicken fingers, and rice. It’s lunch time, and we know she’s hungry. We also know that right after lunch is nap time, so she’s pretty tired. Hungry and Tired, the evil twins of the temper tantrum!
Mix in her desire for the BahBah, and we’re looking at a Category 5!
Bean’s Dad has captured the behavior pretty accurately..and there’s nothing funnier (well, 5 days later) than the Action response of “Wayah! (water)”…give her water…she throws it, yelling, “no wayah!!!!”…”Wayah!”…give her water…she throws it…etc etc ad nauseum (and I mean nauseum!)
Luckily, we were at home, so the screaming didn’t bother us. In fact, taking pictures helped us to feel like we weren’t wasting our time completely during the tantrum. I think I ended up with 6 or 7 of Sophie, a few of Betsy, a few of Maggie, and maybe one or two of our cat.
After about 10 minutes of screaming, with no rhyme or reason, we ended up with Sophie asking for (and actually eating from) her plate. I wish I knew the magic word or action which solved the riddle of the Temper Tantrum….it will remain, I fear, another mystery of the universe.
So, any insight on how to solve the riddle of the Temper Tantrum? Leave a comment!