Because motherhood will never be a perfect science


on February 1, 2012

Wikipedia defines tantrums as “an emotional outburst, usually associated with children or those in emotional distress…” These ‘outbursts’ are usually due to frustration. Screaming, kicking, and crying, rolling on the floor, crossed arms and other interesting actions usually signal that your child is frustrated by the fact that they can’t do or have everything they want.

Oh…so the child is frustrated?

Experts provide us with effective ways to deal with children in the throes of a tantrum and they say tantrums usually happen around ages 1 to 3.

Hmmm…That implies that I am too old for one, doesn’t it?

The other morning started off a little rocky. There is a four year old who refused to go to bed last night and is now refusing to ‘wake up’ because she is too tired to go to school. She’s too tired to brush her teeth, too tired to go potty, too tired to let me change her clothes. “Mommy, I don’t think I can go to school today, I’m just too tired!”

“I see. So you’re too tired to play with your friends? You need to go back to bed and not play with any toys or watch any TV, right?”

“I’m not that tired, Mommy!” Score one for me.

Her sister gets up and decides that she’s not walking today, she wants “up”. Being the multi-tasking dynamo that I am, I brush their teeth and wash their faces all with one free hand. Diva girl is now fresh-faced and dressed for school. Baby girl is still “up” and not getting down anytime soon. Every time I even try to put her down, she throws herself down on the ground crying. Okay, well we don’t have time for that right now, do we? We get downstairs and it’s time for breakfast. One handed wonder strikes again and cereal and juice and a “ba-ba” are made in no time flat! I AM MOTHER HEAR ME ROAR!

Baby girl is relaxing on the couch with her warm milk and I am allowed to change her diaper as she reclines and contemplates the trials and tribulations of being a toddler.  Life is good.

I now have 10 minutes to get myself ready. The TV goes on the kids’ channel and I run upstairs before Baby girl sees me leave. Clothes, hair and moisturizer (don’t worry, I already brushed my teeth!) and back down I go before they even knew I was gone. I make it downstairs just in time to stop a fight over a doll. Whew! Okay, time to go, let’s turn off the TV and get boots and coats on. Wait…what’s that smell? Baby girl, do you have stinky bum? “Yah!” she says as she races off laughing all the way. Oh sure, it’s fun for her! Mommy sees the time and we’re already 5 minutes past the time we should be outta here! I’ve got her and we are changing what appears to be the biggest poo in history! All done and hands washed. Let’s do this. Diva girl has dressed herself, so what if the boots are on the wrong foot? We are still very proud. Okay, everyone has their coats, boots and hats on. Where are your mittens? You don’t know? You don’t know?!

I lose it. I am now in full tantrum mode!

Sometimes it’s the one last, tiny, little thing that will set you off. You’ve coped with all you can and that one annoying situation sends you over the edge. Yelling and stomping begin.  Don’t worry; I didn’t resort to rolling on the ground. I’m in my work clothes, remember?

Did I mention that the experts say tantrums usually happen around ages 1 to 3?

What the heck do they know anyway?!



  1. themamaclub says:

    I love this post! Fantastic!! Thank you for sharing what we all feel at times. And no, you are never too old for a tantrum 🙂

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  4. HaHaHa, I’ve got news for you Super, I’m 52 and I still have temper tantrums! You are never too old. I have had some really *priceless* temper tantrums. I particularly loved the look on my toddler son’s face when I would have one. 🙂

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