July was a month of more changes for our family. More changes, however, does not mean that the month was without tantrums... in fact, it means that there were probably MORE tantrums. Here are 10 reasons that my toddler threw a tantrum last month:
1. She wanted to drive the car.
This one isn't surprising as she has requested to drive other vehicles; however, it had to be noted as is was cause for a tantrum MULTIPLE times last month.
2. She wanted to move to a big house with stairs.
After my husband and I had decided to list our home for sale so that we could move to a larger home we had asked our daughter what kind of home she would like; she promptly announced that she needed a house with stairs. Luckily for her, that was what we had been looking at. Unfortunately, it did not happen as quickly as she would have liked which then led to tantrums over not actually being in a house with stairs yet. (Update: she FINALLY has her stairs!)
3. And then...she did NOT want to move to a big house with stairs.
So here we are, in a house with stairs and GUESSS WHAT? When she is mad at us, she magically no longer wants a house with stairs...it must be noted that she also does not want the old house, she is mad so she doesn't want ANY house. Oh toddlers!
4. She was SO hungry.
Early in the month of July my toddler realized that if she told us she was hungry we would present her with options of things that she could have to eat. Once she realized this, she magically became hungry at bedtime every single night. Once we caught on to this trend, she attempted to deny her snacks and would remind her that she should have eaten her dinner. Bad idea. Don't mess with a hungry toddler (or a hungry mommy for that matter).
5. She wanted French fries for dinner.
Throughout the moving process, as our supply of groceries dwindled and we found ourselves scrounging for food in order to avoid loading up on groceries that would be wasted, we had to eat some not-so-healthy meals. Not our usual thing so no judgment please, but we had to find quick meals and could be disposed of for convenience. One night we had chicken fingers and fries per our toddlers request. After eating approximately 5 French fries, my toddler announced that her tummy was happy and that she was all done. Um hi! What about the chicken?! I asked her about this and she let me know that all she had wanted were fries. Like most parents I disagreed...another bad idea. How in the world did I not know that French fries constituted as a full meal?
6. She forgot to bring dad a treat.
During the summer we have loads of fun birthday parties that we are always invited to attend. My toddler LOVES birthday parties; honestly, how could you blame her? Cakes, presents, party favors, games... it's a win-win! One birthday party that we attended, my husband could not attend for whatever reason and our toddler promised that she would return with a treat for him. Following the party, we hopped in the car and my toddler was devastated that she had forgotten to grab a treat for her dad. I thought she would eventually drop it so I said nothing but, well, let's just saw we ran through and picked him up some ice cream to honor her promise to her father.
7. She needed 5 more minutes.
My toddler is currently in a "I need 5 more minutes" phase. You know, kind of like a teenager attempting to stay out past curfew; the only difference is that she doesn't have an actual understanding of time.
8. She wanted to wear her "bunny dress"...again.
I think many parents have or will have to endure the obsessive toddler phase. I am currently dealing with this phase and my toddler's obsession is her bunny dress. Every day at LEAST 30 times she asks where her bunny dress is and why she can't wear it. Sorry kid, I refuse to have the smelly child.
9. She did not want to be left home alone.
In an effort to rush my toddler one day I mentioned to her that if she did not hurry she would have to stay home. Terrible move... instead of a rushing toddler, I got a deeply depressed toddler who was devastated at the mere thought that someone would leave her home alone. Talk about a bribery backfire.
10. Her water was not cold enough.
The struggle is real my friends. We all know that if the ratio of water to ice is not correct, you can get a lukewarm drink of water when you are expecting a cold drink. Throw a toddler into the drinking mix and you better your sweet behind I do whatever it takes to make sure my toddler's water is COLD especially if it's before bedtime and I am avoiding another fall-out.
Unfortunately, August is a month of even more changes for my little headstrong princess as she will start life in a new home and start preschool at a totally new setting than she is used to...another guaranteed ticket to tantrumville so, at the end of the month, be on the lookout for what is SURE to be a great list.