|How cute is she?...Rain Boots, black eye & all???|
Lilah May at 22 months.
Today I experienced a whole new world of motherhood.
It's pretty well known that Lilah is a bit more of a handful than Eve. Eve was a very good toddler, and rarely threw a tantrum. I'm experiencing a whole new world of tantrums with Lilah now. I didn't know it was this hard!
I dread taking the kids out shopping or grocery shopping. Eve, not so much anymore, but Lilah is a nightmare. Last Friday for example, Hubs and I took Lilah to DFO Outlets, and by the time we left, we were both sweating, red in the face, and really flustered. Read this post for another example.
Anytime we need to go shopping, we usually don't go together because that means we have to take both kids. Usually one of us will go and either the kids stay home with the other parent, or the one going shopping takes Eve. I know that sounds horrible and is somewhat horrible and unfair to Lilah but we do it for our sanity!!!.
Today I went down to Sunbury Square and stopped at the deli. It's really busy there on Saturdays and it was packed. Under the deli is a bunch of packs of pretzels & nuts. Lilah has picked up a pack and kept saying "lolly lolly lolly".....I knew what was coming then. I just kept saying "yes yes"...and kept ordering my meat and cheese. When it was time to go I asked her to put the pack down, and ofcourse just as I knew would happen she shouted "NO". So I took the pack off her and put it back.
She started screaming
and then screamed even louder.....
Than she threw herself on the floor and kicked her legs and screamed some more.
I still needed to get bread and the bakery is just a few shops down, so I picked her up screaming and back arching and brought her over to the bakery. She was still screaming and then proceeded to throw herself on the floor again in front of the bakery and kicked and screamed.
I tried picking her up, talking to her, bribing her (I know - bad) but in the end the only thing I could do was ignore her. So thats what I did - I ignored her and ordered my bread.
Once I got my bread and rolls, and was ready to go she was still screaming and on the dirty icky floor. So I picked her up, carried her out to the car and attempted to strap her in. She wiggled around and arched her back which made it very difficult to strap her in.
Finally once we were half way home she stopped screaming. I honestly for the life of me don't know what to do. I didn't know whether to put her in time out when we got home, talk to her about what she did wrong or what?. I didn't know if she would remember when we got home what she did?.
This is what she looked like when we got home
Firstly, let me explain the black eye. Yesterday Lilah and Daddy were playing and had a head on collision and Lilah got a black eye.
Secondly, the rain boots in the first picture is what she wants to wear every.single.day. She insists on wearing them. She wore them to daycare everyday this week and wears them out everywhere. I did try and hide them, but she threw a fit when I said no, so I gave in and let her wear them. When you're already a few minutes late of leaving the house for work in the morning, and shes about to throw a fit over a pair of boots, it's easier to let her wear them than it is to fight with her. I know it's not the best option, but sometimes it's the easier option.
Like I said previously, I didn't go through this with Eve, so i'm treading in new waters now and not sure how to cope with it.
Anyone else have a toddler that throws tantrums in public?. How do you deal with it?