My little guy is snuggled next to me being the sweet boy that he usually is. Key word there is usually.
Today presented its challenges, the biggest ones being those we face as moms.
Luke (my two & 1/2 year old) threw four, over the top, not your typical 2 year old tantrums today alone.
These tantrums began about a week ago, I'd say. Maybe two weeks. But they're not the tantrums Addison threw at 2 years old. She was headstrong, stubborn, and testy, and threw her fair share of fits, but they were different than this.
Luke's crazed tantrums always seem to begin when he doesn't get his way. I guess that part is pretty normal. But they go to an extreme. He screams nonstop, runs from me (with a look of terror on his face) and will eventually throw himself on the ground. If I try to stop him, calm him down, or reason with him (yes, I realize reasoning with him is not realistic), he gets even more enraged.
He scratches at my face, attempts to kick me, and he even pulls my hair when he can get his hands on it.
It is seriously like he becomes another child. It's awful. I have to end up leaving him completely alone. He finds a place to hide (in a closet) and comes out when he's ready.
It's an all around awful experience.
Needless to say, I've been listening to parenting podcasts, bought some new parenting books, the works. Something's got to give here.
My mom and mother-in-law were both here tonight to experience the fifteen minute screaming session/tantrum with me.
They both agree that how ever we choose to respond to these crazed tantrums, we've got to be consistent.
My mother-in-law thinks he could be a genius. :) Who knows?
I know today's tantrums had to do with us being out of our daily routine. Both of my kids thrive on routine and when we're out of our routine, they struggle.
So, on this Friday, I'm asking that we put family first (only after God, of course). I know that all of us struggle with parenting issues. Raising children to be responsible and respectable adults is no easy task, but as parents, raising our children should be the work of out lives. There shouldn't be anything more important.
Here's what I want to know:
Did your kiddos ever throw tantrums like the ones Luke is throwing? If so, what did you do?!
And what are you struggling with now as a parent (no matter what the age of your children)?
When we become transparent about our struggles with raising our kids, we create the opportunity to learn and grow. Plus, when we're authentic about our hard times, we begin to realize that we're not alone.
Post away. Let's see what we can learn from each other.
.....day 56 of a year of writing.....
Oh, and check out tomorrow's stories about the public meltdowns he had today. My eyelids aren't going to stay open long enough to do the stories justice now. Let's just say: Disney Store and Spaghetti Warehouse. It was not fun, but it's hysterical thinking back on what it must have looked like to someone just watching.
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