Last night she had her very first temper tantrum. It was over pancakes. Josh had cooked a really nice meal and she wanted pancakes instead of seasoned chicken and cheesy pasta. She LOVES pancakes! If she could have pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner she would. We told her that she couldn't have pancakes for dinner and she needed to eat what was already made. Within seconds, she started whining and then broke down crying. I thought to myself, here we go...here comes our very first tantrum. How are we going to deal with this? I have never had to do this before! A few minutes passed and within those few minutes, her crying and yelling got worse and got to the point where she was crying uncontrollably trying to catch her breath. We were taught in our training class about time-out and about setting routines and boundaries in their life. They need it. Bad. All children need routine and boundaries set. Josh and I looked at each other and for as hard as it was for us to place her in time-out, we knew that we had to. We knew we had to set the boundaries now otherwise she will take advantage of situations and think she can get away with anything. Josh picked her up and as he was walking towards our bedroom she was reaching out for me to save her. Josh placed her on a small kids stool that we have from IKEA and placed her in our room facing the wall. She hated it and it was probably so knew to her because she probably has never had any type of structure or discipline in her life. It broke my heart into pieces to see her cry like that, but I knew it needed to happen. In the end I know placing her in time-out will help her know how to deal with her anger, frustration and give her a chance to calm down. After she calmed down and stopped crying, she came out of the room and walked over to me to say sorry. We talked about why she was put in time-out and then we all cuddled on the couch and watched Aladdin.
How do deal with your child's unruly behavior?
I would love to hear your thoughts, experiences and opinions!