It has been one of those weeks, where Pumpkin has felt the need to express his views on many things and if his voice hasn’t been heard or at least not heard correctly it has caused a bit of a tantrum! So, I thought I would share some of the things that he has had a toddler moment about this week:
The more memorable tantrums this week:
1. There were holes in his cheerios.
2. The Happy Land Cow got wedged in the farm.
3. I wouldn’t let him have some of my coffee.
4. I wouldn’t let him take out all the leaflets from the rack in the doctors.
5. We put a child proof lock on the fridge door and Pumpkin was not happy about that at all.
6. I wouldn’t let him suck the felt tip pen tips, even though they apparently taste “nice”.
7. Mr Tumble didn’t sing the “Shine” song in today’s episode of “Something Special” (Great, thanks for that Mr Tumble…)
8. Taking the face cloths off of him at bath time, as he was soaking the bathroom and me; which in turn caused him to make a bigger splash having the tantrum…Mummy Fail.
9. Pumpkin has frequently shown his frustrations at us for putting a stair gate up to stop him causing havoc in whatever room he decides to let himself into, he is very cross about this.
10. It wasn’t snowing outside.
11. I wouldn’t put Petit Filous in my hair, even though it would smell “nice”!
I love the fact that Pumpkin is finding is feet and voice in the world, he is becoming fiercely independent, yet at the same time shows us that he needs us by asking for our hands or a cuddle, especially when something makes him feel a little unsure of himself. Sometimes, it is so hard not to laugh when he is having a tantrum over something rather cute or funny, as despite the humour in the situation, to him the frustration is very real and it’s making him cross and we need to respect his feelings.
It’s our job as parents to guide him through the toddler years, to live and breathe the tantrums, to learn to dodge those tiny fists and feet as they lash out in frustration and to be there with a cuddle to make it all ok again. The one thing that I know for certain, is that I will always have space in my arms for a Pumpkin sized cuddle, regardless of his age and the reason why he needs a cuddle.