It’s official, we have a Toddler, capital T, and he’s going through some major changes. I think some of it can be blamed on teething, but the number and intensity of Evan’s tantrums have increased quite a bit lately. Wrestling a writhing, screaming kid for ten minutes just trying to change his diaper is beyond exhausting. In fact, the last diaper I changed went down more like an exorcism, including wailing and gnashing of teeth.
We’ve also noticed him really beginning to test his boundaries with us lately. Generally he’s still a really sweet, happy, wonderfully well-behaved little squirt, but we’re seeing lots of conscious defiance.
It’s funny, because while I’ve been a mother for fifteen-months now, it is still such an adventure to adjust and adapt to all of his changes. It’s going to be really interesting to see how his personality continues to blossom in the coming months. Aside from being slightly more prone to fit-throwing, I adore this age. He is walking, and communicating with us in a surprisingly eloquent way. He loves books, pushing things across the floor, and will generally kiss us on command, which is pretty much the best trick EVER.
Do you have any advice for dealing with tantrums? I would love to hear more about your experience, and how you navigated this phase of your kiddo’s development.