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Welcome to Tantrum City, population 3, where the weather is currently "defiant" with a chance of "hostile."

Toddler Crying

Christina Montoya Fiedler: I thought I had a few good months left before the terrible twos settled upon us, but I was dead wrong.

For the past month, our 17-month-old son has been giving us a run for our money and exerting his "power," so to speak -- testing us to our very limits. No, wait, more like laying down his tyrannical law upon us. I've never seen anyone so sure of what he wants. You'd think he was some sort of Wall Street tycoon or celebrated chef barking demands. You have a window of time before all hell breaks loose and the kicking, screaming, flailing begins.

Here are just a few ways to get him started: change his diaper, brush his teeth, suggest bedtime, look at him the wrong way, etc., etc., etc.

The solution to renaming Tantrum City to Peaceful Village is simple. Give in to his every want -- right? WRONG. I won't fall for it. It's tough now, but holding my ground as the parent will pay off in the long run.

I can see the frustration in his little eyes. His brain is working overtime these days, but he doesn't have the vocabulary to ask for what he wants or express his emotions. Instead, all that comes out is screaming. It has to be difficult, so, we are working on some magic words -- please, thank you, and some variations thereof.

Guess life lesson number one for this kid is, you can't always get what you want.

NOTE: The author was interrupted at least three times during the writing of this post due to a toddler pulling on her pants leg and pleading for more Cheerios.

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Kristin January 21, 2010, 8:39 AM

Good for you! It’s so easy to just give them what they want (especially near YOUR bedtime!) but you’re doing the right thing!

Seems like the Terrible 2s turn on over night, right? @_@

DEANNA January 21, 2010, 7:40 PM

I am so there right now….I’m the tough one though trying to stay strong and not give in. My hubby on the other hand he hears our daughter (24 months) cry and he gives in. It’s super frustrating.

mercaties January 22, 2010, 1:05 AM

I also have a moody son. He is almost three and has been going through his terrible two’s since I was pregnant with him. LOL! I have a nine year old daughter also who was never like this, he is mutch more difficult. But I did find a pretty good way to stop his meltdowns. When he throws himself on the floor and starts screaming I do it too, he starts laughing so hard he forgets why he’s mad!

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