Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Temper Tantrum Girl - updated

Audrey is truly a joy to have. She adds so much to our family and we all love her so much. She and Nathan have a great relationship. I truly have never seen a brother and sister get a long so well. (I feel sorry for what my parents had to endure with my other brother and myself!)

As Audrey gets older she also has become much more set in her ways (she isn't even 2!) and independent. One morning sometime before 11 am she decided that she wanted to brush her teeth for the fourth time. I was lacking in patients so I told her she didn't need to brush again and tried to get her out of the bathroom. Well this set her off. She crawled out of the bathroom - apparently walking was too much - screaming and crying. She went into her bedroom, slammed the door and then locked it. Truly this escalation happened in the space of 40 seconds. I unlocked her door, went in her room to talk to her. She didn't mind that I went in her room but was angry that I didn't shut the door behind me. She crawled off her chair went to the door and slammed it again. I tried talking to her and calming her without any success.

So, I decided that maybe I shouldn't have made such a big deal about her fourth brushing of the day and carried her back to the bathroom. By this point I believe she had forgotten what she wanted to do in the first place. But she was still angry. She picked up the bathmat, after a few attempts, wadded it up and threw it in the hallway. At this point I was so amused with the show that I just let her go. Off to her bedroom again and this time shutting the door without locking it. I decided to make a phone call to tell about the tantrum. As I was standing in the hall talking and laughing about it the door opened slowly and it was over. Then was the demand for the phone!

I think we are in for it during the teenage years. Or maybe she is just blossoming early and will be very mature during her teens. Okay a mom can hope can't she?

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Haha! Good luck with this lil one! I think you might need it ;)