Tantrums and Life Lessons

I am reflecting on the last week with Life Lessons.  Come Join the Fun.

What did I learn this week?  Hmmmm….has it really been one of those weeks where I just survive…there’s got to be something…somewhere in this brain that wasn’t there before…

1.  This has been a week of temper tantrums from both Caitlyn and Sue.  Wowzers.  So this week has been a blur of screaming.

2.  But in sharing with my midwife about Caitlyn’s, she hit the nail on the head…Caitlyn is looking for our attention.  Since starting school she is away from family the most she ever has been. The last couple days I have been intentionally giving her attention before the fit and voila’, no fit.  Also found out, in passing, her best friend at school moved away and is not there anymore.  That might contribute to her stress.

3.  Sue, on the other hand, is just 3, almost 4.  I remember these were painful weeks last year with Caitlyn right before she turned 4.  So we are dealing with them, and biding our time.

4.  The new weapon in Sue’s arsenal during a fit, “you’re ugly, ugly, ugly.”  That kind of stung.  2 minutes later she was distracted by something and the fit ended quicker than it started.  Whew.

5.  My kids are hard taskmasters!  Caitlyn knows I gave up sweets.  And part of the reason is sugar overload makes me angry.  Now, if she sees me eating something I ought not, “don’t eat that, it’s sugar, it will make you angry!”  She’s right and has saved me from lots of cheating.  Let’s not tell her there is sugar in the strawberry lemonades I have fallen in love with and treat myself to sometimes.

6.  Running in the park is WONDERFUL.  I love it.  I am hoping to go tonight.  We’ll see…

7.  And now it is time for me to get myself ready and run off to work…

Survive til you Thrive!

6 Responses to Tantrums and Life Lessons

  1. oh dear! i'm sorry you're having a difficult time. hang in there! found you via life lessons linky =)

  2. James and Jax blog

    Ouch, tantrums sound awful. I guess I'd better brace myself–Jax will turn 3 next year. I can imagine how it stings to hear things like "you're ugly." Poor momma!

    I'm happy that you love running so much. I wish I could say the same thing!

  3. Tantrums make me want to pull my hair out. I'm glad you are finding a way to deal with them.

    Good for you for running & giving up sugar!

  4. Mommy's Paradise

    Phuu, I could tell you a story about fits, my tot is 3yo. We all have to go though this. I'm glad you found something that helped Caitlyn. And running, or any kind of sport, is certainly good.

  5. This is my second time through fits with a 3 year old…I keep saying to my hubby, we made it through Caitlyn, right? Just finished a 5 mile run 🙂 Ahhhh….

  6. Rach (DonutsMama)

    Tantrums must be hard. I admit I'm nervous and scared about those years! Sounds like you are handling it as well as you can.

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