Zoey is now 2 months shy of 3 yrs old and I’ll have to say that we didn’t really go through too much terrible two tantrums (knock on wood!). Sure, there were a few incidents where she went a little crazy but I can probably count those times on my one hand. I think for the most part, tantrums are preventable.
What I find works well is giving her a hug when she’s upset and that usually calms her down. What makes it worse is responding negatively with yelling or threatening. Usually, that will encourage her to be more defiant and she’ll react with a full blown temper tantrum. No matter what, it always ends with a hug so why not do that from the beginning instead of waiting until after she goes haywire?
Kids just want to be loved even when they don’t get what they want. I’m no perfect parent and I’m learning along the way…
We also do a lot of rewards, we call them ‘surprises’. For example, if she uses the big toilet for potty time, she’ll get a ‘surprise’ and Zoey LOVES her surprises. Surprises can range from stickers, pencils, chocolates, gummies, to books. That’s the fun part, she never knows what she’ll get!
Here’s Zoey in the city on her way to afternoon tea at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
OK, she got me!
And b/c I know you’ll ask, Zoey’s adorable jacket is from ZARA & shoes from Momo Baby.