24 April 2012

 emphasis on the plural . . .
. . . I believe this was when I wouldn't give her a 34th scoop of peanut butter in a row.
(Simon says her Mass bound outfit makes her look like, "she is trying too hard.")

Anyway. If anyone is in the market for a good tantrum -- we're handing them out completely free of charge here at Chez Fun. The more you need the merrier they'll be, guaranteed.  I don't really mind when its just me and the funions but I really don't appreciate her making me look like the bad mom that I obviously am not in front of friends and/or strangers.

Simon's solution is to gently place/throw her into an empty cage/Portacrib in the (not scary) basement while she talks herself down from the overdose of crazysauce.

While I am armed with a spate of simple solutions . . .
1. lock her in the bathroom with an indestructible hard copy of a novena to the patron of ridiculous (her fave)
2. if I'm in a comedic mood I'll throw a better and fancier tantrum than she is able to muster (my fave)
3. put on my blinders and ear plugs while counting my blessings in the form of Sebastian Patton's noiseless smiles of adoration (Sebastian's fave)

And in the mean time, I'll just keep telling myself that this, like all of her other super pleasant ages and stages, shall pass.

I think.
I can.


  1. Sometimes it doesn't feel like its just a stage, huh?
    Feels like its lasting FOREVER.
    I totally don't always know what to do... or react well either. So tough!

  2. I'm still trying to convince myself that "This too shall pass"...I currently have a certain 3-year-old in time out for the fourth time this morning. At this rate, I think we're going to break a record or something. I'll pray for you if you pray for me! :)

  3. ARGH! I hate myself for handing out that first spoonful of peanut butter, because I know I'm going to have to face that same face/tantrum/minus the adorable outfit a mere 54 spoonfuls later....

  4. Hahahaha, I love option #3 with the novena :)

  5. (Simon says her Mass bound outfit makes her look like, "she is trying too hard.") -- That was funny. I assume he meant the cropped vest?

  6. Let me know if it little girl is 4 and still the toughest...maybe it's a girl thing?

  7. Seriously. Thank goodness for happy boy babies.

  8. Occasionally I'll do the "I can throw a better tantrum than you" thing. Sometimes it confuses them enough for them to stop screaming for a second. Simon's solution is pretty close to what we do, only we just put them in their room and tell them they can cry in there. They're usually over it in a couple of minutes. It's not fun though, I'm waiting it to pass, too.

  9. 5 kids later, I can assure you that the tantrums pass. Until you get to the eye-rolling teenage years. Let me just tell you that there is a reason God gave me only one girl and 4 boys........! My best tantrum advice - calmly place her in the "tantrum room" - this can be anywhere designated for said tantrum, tell her (calmly) that she can scream as much as she wants, because goodness knows it's okay to be angry, but that she can't disturb the rest of you. Calmly walk away. If she follows with screaming (which she will), (calmly) walk her back to the tantrum room. Repeat as necessary. After awhile, mine would quit on their way to the room (sometimes it was their room, sometimes the hall bathroom, depending on the kid). That told me that they were then in total control of their tantrum actions.

  10. I just read this out loud to my husband, and sister. They were not amused. But then again, they don't deal with tantrums on a daily basis.

  11. Sounds like she has been taking notes from my Ellen...such a "fun" age. But this will pass and there are things about this age that I will miss...or at least that's what I tell myself!

  12. It will pass. My daughter could win the strongest willed child contest hands down. I'm pretty sure she could roll her eyes before she could talk, and is probably the only four year old I know that had to have her door removed because she kept slamming it in anger. It is an absolute miracle that my husband didn't find me babbling in the corner when he got home each night. However, at 13 she is a wonder to behold. That strong will comes in real handy when you're dealing with peer pressure, girl drama craziness and just trying to be a strong catholic in this very secular world. She is one strong individual and now I wouldn't have it any other way. I am so proud of the person she growing up to be. Maggie - ( I had to select anonymous because I don't even now what the rest of those choices mean, let alone a URL.)

  13. These pictures are too funny, even though maybe you didn't think so at the time! :) I have a cousin who would whine right back at his daughter if she tried to whine to him. I had to hold back laughter the first time I heard him do that!




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