We did not predict that Five would still come with the tantrums, but yes!
It is worse!
It is not pretty to see a big girl starting to wail and kick and hit and scream.
For the first few minutes of the tantrum it is impossible to get anything through to her.
It is during that stage that I would gladly poke out my own eye to make it stop, but not even that would work!
We have tried it all!
And of course we are always question our own parenting skills, and wondering if the gene pool did not drop too many of those aggressive genes into our Little Missy?
I did a bit of Googling psychology, and saw that it is not that strange for a five-year to still get tantrums. Also that they have had years of practise now in tantrum throwing, and they have become experts in the tantrum field of behaviour!
Tantrums play itself out in different stages, and that it is not worth trying to engage in the first stage. They are unable to do anything while their brains are in overload. It is best to ignore the first stage of screaming, kicking and wailing, and to swoop in when they get to the emotional stage. Mostly it is seen when they drop on the floor, sobbing or crying. Or when they asked to be picked up or hold.
We have been doing it right!
The most important for us is to not loose our cool!
To keep calm at all times! (We have not always got it right!)
That will be our New Year's resolution for this year!
To stay calm in the eye of the
Happy birthday my girl!
I know for a fact that we will laugh our asses off in the future about your big fat huge tantrums!
(But now it is not that funny at all!)