Since becoming a mother, I have learned many things. I have learned to have more patience, be more confident and so much more. But there is still one thing that I haven't quite gotten a good grasp on yet.
Tantrums thrown by my tiny two year-old are the worst things I think I've seen from him. He has quite the little temper, and when he doesn't get something he wants, that's when the "ugly side" comes out. Sure, babies are the cutest little things in the world, and then the tantrum comes.
There is not only foot stomping and tears, but also grabbing random objects, whether it be his toys or not, and throwing them across the room. Recently, he has also learned to bite and slap the people around him. Just the other day he got so mad that he went and bit the couch, which has wood on it, and ended up hurting himself. I myself have not been able to find the happy balance between being stern and gently teaching him that doing those things are wrong. Sometimes, I feel like I am speaking too loudly, and I don't want him to think I am yelling at him, and other times I believe I have been too gentle with him, and that he won't know that he has done something wrong.
My husband is generally better at disciplining our son then I am. I usually try to be the "softy", and I do know that it's wrong. I want him to look up to us both equally and not pinpoint the "bad guy". During the day is when I am home with him, since my husband works and I try to do my best to discipline him when he needs it. I implement "time-outs", and for the age that he is, I make him sit for that amount of minutes (i.e. He is 2, so he sits for 2 minutes). When we do that though, he seems to think that it is a game, and he begins laughing. Now, if you've ever heard a baby's laugh, it can be quite infectious. So it gets rather hard sometimes to be serious while he is giggling away. These are the times that are hard.
But, like anything else, motherhood is a road paved with many stones, some rather smooth and others quite bumpy. It is a brand new learning experience each and every day, but one that I wouldn't trade for the world. Image Source