16 Month old tantrums

Not one parent or caretaker of a toddler can say that they haven’t experienced at least one tantrum.  My dreamy little 16 month old is currently in a hitting stage.  It’s like being hit by a hamster but still, she’s hitting.  This child will protest anything.  As you parents, guardians or caretakers probably understand that for these tiny humans the world absolutely stops for a facial expression they disagree with, food near their face that is in a spoon not held by them, etc.  The most insane things, in the moment it’s *somewhat* difficult to see the humor but I’m always amused by it.

I have strict rules for this girl, and she’s a very well behaved child, but everybody has a moment and toddlers aren’t accustomed to social norms so they will drop and fail and hit with their little hamster hits.  I have found that ignoring Elizabeth, when I’m able to, is the best way for her to get over her issue and begin behaving properly.  Before I realized ignoring was successful, she would begin misbehaving more and more because when she would misbehave she gained my attention instantly.  Now she knows that if she wants my attention instantly she just needs to behaving nicely, rather than be sour.  Also redirecting her is highly successful.  I’m not going to be the type of parent who gives her fussy toddler an ice cream because she saw another child with one and threw a fit.  Nope.  Not going to fly.  I frequently redirect her attention to something, wither it be a replacement; snack crackers to eat rather than a treat she saw and wanted, or redirected altogether simply by pointing something out to pay attention to or by playing something with her, etc.  What is a technique that you use to negotiate with your little terrorist toddler?



Author: Katrina

My name is Katrina and I’m married to the love of my life, William, who is a first lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Together we have the most precious little girls, Elizabeth Lorraine and Alodia Claire. I'm so glad you're here!

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