Toddler Antics

I don’t have much to say this week except OMG the tantrums kids throw over the stupidest things!  Nothing seems to calm Jack down, so I just sit next to him and let him go until he wears himself out (partly because I simply am not strong enough to pick him up to take him to a quiet room or something).  A few weeks ago he threw a tantrum in the elevator as we were making our way to our apartment.  My hands were too full to pick him up, so I just let him do his thing there on the elevator floor.  A neighbor heard the racket and peeked through the window at us.  I opened the door to let him know what was going on and thank him for his concern.  He helped me!  He stood there looking at Jack for a good five minutes until Jack calmed from embarrassment and quietly came with me into the building as the neighbor held the door for us.  Thank goodness for the kindness of neighbors!  (And, oy, I’m sure this isn’t the last of my public humiliation by my son.)

Does anyone have any tips for deflecting kicks and hits from toddlers?  Ya know, other than physically restraining them?  Also, Jack will NOT stop wrestling with our poor cat Wicket.  It’s partly Wicket’s fault because he won’t run away from Jack, either, but goodness!  One of these days Jack is seriously going to hurt the cat.

I updated Jack’s shutterfly albums this week (for March and April).  They are still almost a month behind but my internet at home weeps when I upload hundreds of pictures so that’s all for now!

2 thoughts on “Toddler Antics”

  1. I am JUST BARELY able to restrain Sam so that is my usual approach, but honestly I have not figured out anything that is particularly effective.

  2. I haven’t had to wrestle much with Axel but, when I worked at a daycare, I could sometimes use tight hugs to restrain and help calm kids. Other times, I’d get a fist in the eye, so it’s not the best method. My husband – works in emergency services – says that bulletproof vests help deflect kicks when they have to restrain violently drunk people. Not that you’d want to walk around with a bulletproof vest on, but I thought it was good to know.

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