Writer’s Workshop: Why Not Mummy?

Tiger girl looking puzzled

Tiger girl looking puzzled

Being a mom of a two year old girl can be very trying at times. She can be as different as night and day in a split second.  Any single thing which she feels slighted about will send her screaming with tears. It’s really difficult to pinpoint what is the trigger and what causes the sudden outburst.

Some days she can wake up bright and cheery while on other days it seems that everything that would go wrong does go wrong. It can be extremely frustrating and stressful dealing with Tiger girl on such a morning. Every single thing which you do to try to get her to be ready for school backfires. Nothing that you do can please and satisfy her and only throws her further off the edge.

Tears stream down her cheeks and her nose starts to fill up with sniffles.  It seems to her like the whole world is crumbling around her and she is collapsing due to the heavy weight.

The situation can be really trying and I am often at a lost on how to calm her down and make her think rationally. It is hard to reason with a two year old who is still at the ” It’s Mine!!” and ” No!! I don’t want” stage.  The terrible twos are some would say where they are trying to exert their own authority and at the same time learn about the boundaries that have been set around them.

It is certainly a trying situation and I’m hanging on by a thin thread. It doesn’t get any easier the third time around. Girls are more whiny then boys and certainly harder to coax.  The normal tricks of switching on the television for her to watch, having popcorn for breakfast or even getting to wear outing clothes instead of her school uniform to Nursery school all failed badly.  I’m still thinking of new methods and ways to deal with this.

This morning I had to let her slowly cool down on her own till she was ready to talk and reason.  30 minutes. That is the time that was needed for Tiger child to revert back to her normal self. I’m lucky that we did have to rush off to school or we would certainly be very late!!

Do your kids have such outbursts?

How do you deal with them?

Jenny Matlock Mama’s Losin’ It