…Continued from Friday’s post, Tantrum of all Tantrums.
I do remember one time, my parents were in town and we decided to take the trolley uptown to Discovery Place. It was a great outing until 4-year-old Ansley decided that she did not want to get off of the trolley. EVER! So the throw-down, head-banging, traffic-stopping tantrum of all tantrums began. My dad was horrified. I mean in his day, this just did not happen. That was because nobody back then was ever brave enough to leave their house with a 2- to 4-year-old. Those moms just knew better. Not me. I’m a glutton for punishment and I’m an on-the-go kind of mom and I drag my kids everywhere.
So when all of this went down, we were at the 5th Street trolley stop right next to a parking garage. My mom instinctively scooped up baby 2-year-old sister Isabel and started off to Discovery Place. So my dad didn’t know what to do, and in hindsight, I guess he pulled the short straw and stuck with me and Ansley. Over the years, I learned that any intervention when she got to “the point of no return” just resulted in a worse situation, if you can imagine it getting any worse. So with Ansley literally screaming her head off in uptown Charlotte, my dad had reached his personal breaking point and he said to me, “you better do something or I will.” I thought to myself, Dad, you just don’t get it do you? Seriously, what do you really think would help us all at this particular out-of-control moment? Right then, a police officer walked up. He was at the top of the parking deck, obviously heard this screaming and thought I was beating my child, so he came racing down the garage. Upon closer observation he said while chuckling, “oh, it’s a just a 3-year-old tantrum! Good luck, ma’am!” and went on his merry way. After what seemed like an eternity, the tantrum ended and everything was fine. Although I think to this day, my dad deep down thinks Ansley is possessed!
One thing nobody told me is that the “terrible two’s” is a horrible misconception. Mine started one day, literally overnight, at age 16 months. One day, I had this angelic child and my life was bliss. And the next we were thrown this curve ball and never knew what each new day would bring. BTW, the “terrible two’s” doesn’t end until at least age 4 for true tantrumers. I hate to break this news to you newer mommies, but it’s the sad reality of toddlerhood! But as you have more children, you’ll figure out your groove and you’ll let these crazy episodes bounce right off of you. I’m sure many of you have seen me and my posse in a public setting and when things get ugly, I just remove them from the situation, no matter where we are. Even if my grocery cart is full to the top and I need every item in it, I will abandon ship. Even if we are at the pumpkin patch and having a ball on the hay ride, I will abandon ship. The key is consistency.
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