Post # 1
My little girl is going on 15 months. She has been MISERABLE the past week! She has been throwing a fit if she does not get her own way and is contantly whining or needing to be held. She wants to climb on things that are unsafe (chairs, dining room table, drawers) When we tell her no, she freaks out. She also wants to be outside all of the time- but there are times when it is not possible (too cold, too dark, dinner needs to be made!) She throws the worst tantrum about having to come inside. We tell her the reasons that she can’t be outside (even though she doesn’t undertand those words) but it doesn’t matter. Her meltdown about having to come inside is horrible. She is a mess! She is usually such a good baby- we are not used to this kind of behavior. She did start a new daycare last week and we also had the time change of setting the clocks ahead. So I’m sure those changes have confused her and causing her to act out. I just need to remember to take deep breathes and keep calm.
Any one else’s child go through something similar? How long did it last? How did you stay sane?
Post # 3
Those small changes to us are HUGE to her. I am sure this week will be better. Hang in there!
Post # 4
Welcome to the world of toddlerhood! They are at the point where they want to do things on their own but also want to make sure mommy/daddy are there to. My son will be 18 months in about a week and he has been so clingy to me lately. He never used to be that way. He crys at the drop of the hat, etc.
My SIL put it like this. Living with a toddler is like living with a person with multiple personalities you never know who you will get…
Post # 5
My DD is 2 and let me tell ya…I thought 18 months was bad. I can’t wait till 3’s!
Post # 6
@Lolasmomma: transitions are hard for toddlers. Try giving her a count down when you need to come inside. Like “We have 5 more minutes until it’s time to clean up and go inside”. Then “We have 2 more minutes..” etc. She won’t understand the meaning of the time, but it preps her that a change is coming. And if you do this consistently, it will help and become part of her routine, rather than jsut interupting her play and saying “ok, we’re going inside now!” That’s very jarrring for little kids and they don’t have time to get ready to stop what they are doing.
Post # 7
so tough! i’m not there yet, but just wanted to recommend the book “scream free parenting.” it has great guidelines for dealing calmly and effectively with the little ones.
Post # 8
I suggest Happiest Toddler on the Block. It helped me change my attitude/perspective a little bit, too.