January 12, 2010

for tantrum throwing toddlers

Momopoly has a great post today on dealing with that very thing.  Here's a snippit:
I’m nursing the baby and reading with my oldest daughter from Teach Your Child How to Read in 100 Lessons when my toddler starts to fall apart. She throws a crayon. She hits her big sister. She starts screeching.

“Use words,” I screech back.

More tears spill from her big, brown eyes, saying what words cannot. I need you, Mommy.

Later that same day we are cuddled next to one another. She places her hand on my cheek, a tender gesture that never fails to tug at my heart.

And then she uses her words very well. “Mommy, why do you yell at me when I ‘cwry’?”

To read the rest, go here.


  1. I'm so glad my post spoke to you. Now I've got to "use love" with a cranky, little one! :) God bless you!

  2. Gulp. I feel like I'm wearing a scarlet M for bad mom. Countless times Elie will say she got in trouble for crying, or she'll say "Mommy, are you happy?" Talk about a guilt trip. And even though Elie's "rage" during the tantrum might be getting worse, I feel like I'm handling it slightly better. Like I'm not crying with her. ;)