Topic: tantrums

5 Things You Should Never Do When A Stranger’s Kid Is Throwing A Tantrum

5 Things You Should Never Do When A Stranger's Kid Is Throwing A Tantrum

A week ago, a Mommyish colleague who shall remain anonymous said a mother yelled at her on the street for trying to talk to her daughter, who was in the middle of a tantrum. That was uncalled for, lady. Yelling at people trying to help you is never the right reaction, no matter how long your kid’s been screaming. But this got us thinking, what should strangers do when they see a parent trying to cope with their kid’s tantrum? More »

The 10 Stages Of A Toddler Meltdown

The 10 Stages Of A Toddler Meltdown

As a mom of an almost four-year-old, I am proud to announce that I can read my toddler like a book. I know when his meltdowns are coming, and exactly what they are going to look like. I am not so proud to announce I have no idea how to stop them. The good thing is, if you can accurately measure where you are on the meltdown scale, you know how much time you have left to endure. It’s like being able to see the tip of the mountain; you can begin telling yourself you’ll get to the top eventually.
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WARNING: The ‘Terrible Twos’ Get Worse When Your Kid Turns Three

WARNING: The 'Terrible Twos' Get Worse When Your Kid Turns Three

The terrible twos are simply a warm-up. They are an introductory phase that gets parents primed and ready for a dark future. Whoever coined the term “terrible twos” without emphasizing that it only gets worse when your child is three has done us all a grave disservice. Parents all around the land are doing what is tantamount to waiting for the Tooth Fairy or Santa to arrive. It’s not happening. There is no Tooth Fairy, there is no Santa, and your toddler is still an asshole. Sorry. More »

3-Year-Olds Mays Be A*sholes, But 17-Year-Olds Are Stone Cold Motherf*ckers

3-Year-Olds Mays Be A*sholes, But 17-Year-Olds Are Stone Cold Motherf*ckers

The other day Sarah Fader wrote a post on Huffington Post Parents entitled 3-Year-Olds Are A**holes. I agree with her, and so have a lot of other articles on Mommyish, but even though toddlers might be their own special brand of asshole, they cannot compare to the utter assholy-ish-ness of teenagers. Three-year-olds may be assholes, but teenagers are stone cold motherfuckers. And I should know, because I have one. More »

TGI Friday Open Thread: Tell Us All Your Creepy And Bratty Kid Stories

TGI Friday Open Thread: Tell Us All Your Creepy And Bratty Kid Stories

I don’t think my kids are brats, but I’m sure every mother feels this way. My kids, growing up, weren’t really prone to tantrums or big grocery store scenes or freaking out when I told them no. They have always been sort of laid back about things. But boy oh boy throughout my life have I encountered some kids who could be described as being bratty (or worse, but because I’m a nice person I won’t describe them as being raging little fuckers, but you can be assured I am thinking that.) I’m not talking about kids who are just overtired or cranky or hungry, I’m talking about awful monster children. More »

10 Toddler Tantrums That Could Have Been Avoided

10 Toddler Tantrums That Could Have Been Avoided

The other half of the parents who just don’t give an eff anymore scenario as they drag their wailing toddlers away from grassy parks is the toddler reasoning. If you listen between those crying, garbled mumbles, you’ll usually hear a word or two about why this massive tantrum is happening on the sidewalk in the middle of a hot day. The line of thought often times doesn’t make sense, but some toddler translation does reveal how these temper tantrums could have been avoided in the first place. More »

Baby Blues: I Am So Not Equipped To Handle My Daughter’s Tantrums

Baby Blues: I Am So Not Equipped To Handle My Daughter's Tantrums

They say the terrible twos actually start around 18 months and don’t end until…when do they end? Ever? But sometimes I feel like my PPD leaves me really ill-equipped to manage these tantrums. It’s not so much that I “lose it” or fear I might hurt her. In fact, it’s more of the opposite. I don’t know if I’ve become desensitized to her cry because I’ve heard it so damn much, but my instinct is to do nothing. More »