We have a 1 year old, and it would also seem that coinciding with that we have a toddler. We have begun to navigate around the unfamiliar territory of tantrums from a child who can’t yet speak. It’s like a game of charades, however the other player isn’t very good at expressing their thoughts in any other way than tears and whinging. I think that we’re doing a pretty good job of playing the game, but we do lose every so often…sometimes we all come a drawer! The consolation at the moment is that Mr One is not walking un-aided. I know that as soon as he’s on the trot then we’ll be well and truly left behind!
Whilst that’s all going on we have a child who is so giggly and happy. He loves us chasing after him as he madly crawls away whilst laughing his divine throaty chuckle! He plays independently with his millions of toys, trying to stick his spoons into every hidy hole he can find. He loves to flick through the pages in his books, and tears out the odd page when he’s on a whim. He particularly loves my cook books, so I’m a hopeful mummy that he’ll one day possess some culinary skills. Our child loves to play peek-a-boo with anyone who will play, even with some unsuspecting participants. Again, he throws back the head and gives out that amazing chuckle.
These two children are actually the same child…we’ve got a Jekyll and Hyde! But the thing I realise is that we’re not alone! Most parents who have a one year old, and/or older, will have one of these children too! It’s the fun and games of parenthood and if you didn’t have the you times you wouldn’t then really be able to appreciate the good times. I wouldn’t change my little man for anything, even when he’s having an almighty tantrum!
Click here to see some classic reasons for why toddlers chuck tantrums. Some may even be familiar to you!