We try really hard to give Jack choices and autonomy as much as we are able and is appropriate. We want to avoid the major power struggles that come with the “terrible twos” if at all possible. Alas, sometimes the kid just wants to throw a fit anyway.
He no longer wears shoes when going to daycare. It’s always a time crunch in the morning, so if he throws a fit and kicks off his shoes, shoeless he will go. They don’t wear shoes unless playing outside at daycare, so it’s not a big deal for the most part. I do have to carry him down to the car (2 floors down), though. I am not sure why shoes are such a bone of contention these days but I suppose it’s one of the only things he can find to argue about.
Jack has started throwing tantrums at bedtime, too. He seems to object to taking his shirt off to change into pajamas. Maybe because it’s cold? He doesn’t say what is wrong, just starts wailing and will go on and on for 20 minutes if we don’t distract him from his fit. He even cries real tears! I’m sure by now our neighbors think we are abusive or something since this is becoming a common occurrence.
Tantrums are stressful but also funny. Why does he blow up over these simple things? Sometimes hugs work to calm him, sometimes we wait it out, and sometimes a distraction works wonders. Reasoning with him never works but it doesn’t stop us from trying.
High drama in toddlertown, man.