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Taming Temper Tantrums

19 Jul 2015 – 12:41 PM EDT

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Are you dealing with temper tantrums? I just video taped my son having a major meltdown in the middle of the grocery store. It was a whopper of a tantrum too. It happened in the bread aisle, which just also happens to be the candy aisle. He wanted a ring pop. But he’s too small to have a ring pop (choking hazard)! Saying no opened up the flood gates of tears, which lead to screaming, which lead to falling to the floor, which lead to kicking, which lead to lots of stares from other shoppers. But what was I to do? I let him finish. It seemed to last forever but it was really no more than five minutes of pure agony on both his and my part.

So, why did I not try to stop it but pull out my camera instead. It’s the fifth time he’s done it this week and I’m hoping that one day I’ll look back and laugh at this — or at least show it to him and his friends when he’s sixteen.

It’s par for the course when having a toddler. And, I’m not sure you can completely keep temper tantrums from happening. I think it has to do a lot with personality as well. His brother used to do the same thing at that age. But now his brother is 7. He literally grew up in a flash. No, he doesn’t need as much anymore and he has other things that I’m dealing with — grade school, soccer practice, and all those things that seem so much more complicated than a tantrum.

The point is that parenting goes in phases, each one with its own unique set of problems, frustrations, and illuminations. As for tantrums, I’m okay with them. Call me crazy, but it seems easy compared to what could be coming up next.

Moms, what do you think? Are trantrums just par for the course, or one of your most dreaded parenting dilemas?