My super loooooooong week is finally over, the Hubster returns this arvo and I cannot wait!
Yesterday was a good day with no tantrums (yes you read right, thats a zero on the tantrum front), but then after dinner, LM’s temperature rocketed and the evening whizzed by quicker-than-a-quick thing and so my Short but Sweet – Saturday post never happened.
I just want to say thank you to those who left me comments on my previous posts and helped keep my spirits up this week :)) I really appreciated it.
If you are going through that temper tantrum stage with your little one too, here are some techniques that are working for us – well for the moment anyway!
Setting up 2 ‘Chill Out’ zones (one upstairs, one downstairs) – a place for LM to go to when she kicks off & loses it – no time limit in this zone, just a place to cry it out and calm down.
The main battles we have been having this week are:
- going up and down the stairs
- nappy change
So we worked out some comprises:
Stairs – instead of carrying her (and breaking my back), we climb the stairs together with me holding her hands and making a game counting the steps as we go.
Mealtimes – I stopped making such a fuss about her eating (mantra: she will eat when she is hungry*), the only thing I stipulate is that she tries the food before rejecting it (and I go mad with praise after she tries a mouthful), then act all cool if she decides she does like it after all and eats the lot up (although secretly I am doing a celebration dance in my head).
Nappy Change – I got this idea from a BabyCentre forum whereby LM gets a sticker once she sits on the changing mat, then she is so occupied with it that I can quickly get on with changing her nappy and its over before she knows it!
Normal service will resume next week with my regularly sporadic posts about random crap!
*guidance books advised keeping a food diary for a couple of weeks to ensure that your toddler is getting enough nutrition throughout the day. If you have any concerns at all, you should go and see your health visitor.