Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Water - Toddler Tantrum Tears

The word in The Theme Game this week is water. I had a good old think and it came to me. I get to write something and include one of my all time favourite photos of my daughter. Ever. 



Now. Don't worry. No children were hurt in this picture. This picture sums up the face that my three year old has been doing for about 8 months now. The moaning, weeping, whining face. The water I am going to talk about is, toddler tantrum tears. 

By the look on Erin's face you could be forgiven in thinking that her beloved dog Lucy had been killed in an horrific accident. Or that she has broken her leg in a ball pool collision. No. She is pulling this face. Because. Wait for it. I called her Pat Butcher (due to her ridiculous clip on earrings). Yes. It was that heinous a crime. How dare I refer to her as a tv character that she has no clue who I'm talking about. She wept loudly and shouted and screamed "I'm not Pat Butcher". This made me laugh. So I took a picture. Which made her scream and cry more. Which resulted in more laughing. And so on. You get the picture. 

My toddler turned two and a half and became the stroppiest child ever. She pretty much has cried continuously for 8 months. Over clothes I have chosen for her to wear or food I have decided to feed her or if her brother won't share his toys or even if he does want to share his toys. My recent years maternity leave was mainly not spending time getting my baby to stop crying. But in getting Erin to stop. It has been relentless. 

I am glad to say she seems to be coming out of this phase. I'm not sure if this is because she is growing up a bit or maybe because I am a bit of a no nonsense Mom. I am a teacher and have been for a decade now. In quite a tough senior school. So I am used to the ways of manipulative children. Unless she is seriously hurt or in distress. I tell Erin to suck it up and get on with it. 

To the outside world it may look a bit harsh. For example if she's weeping in Asda and old ladies look sad and say "oh someone's not happy" whilst shaking their heads. They think I am mean ignoring her. But it literally will be the 50th time she has had a bit of a winge. Starting with the fact she wanted to wear Hello Kitty socks and there was only Belle ones washed. I can guarantee if she's crying in Asda it's because I won't cave in and buy her a Peppa toy. Defo. 

My girl is 90% a joy to behold and is fun and full of life and sparkles. But the other 10% of the time she is weeping (whilst typing this I can hear her crying upstairs with her Dad, something to do with her foot?). So when I think of water I think of toddler tantrum tears. And the above picture which will forever make me laugh and laugh and laugh. And it's so going to be used on T Shirts for her hen do. 
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22 comments:

  1. Such a brilliant photo, and story behind it! I'm like you with tantrums, though I'm fortunate that my 4 yo wasn't too bad - I think my Little Man may give me some issues, though..! Thanks for joining in with #TheThemeGame x

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    1. I'm hoping my boy is a bit calmer. But if his reaction to teething is anything to go by probably not! xxx

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  2. We had one of those days today.... Oh toddlers, life is tough!!!!

    #thethemegame

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    1. It must be so hard having everything done for you and worrying about nothing except when peppa is on next! xxx

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  3. That is a brilliant photo. And I know that toddler mood all too well. Definitely one for the 21st or the hen do! (Popping over from #TheThemeGame) x

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    1. It just makes me laugh. Mainly for the awful Disney princess jewels free off a man. Hilarious grumpy child xxx

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  4. Fab photo, one to bring out when she brings her first boyfriend home. Toddlers cry and well, anything don't they, if we did this we'd never get anything done.

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    1. This morning she wept over wearing a scarf. Grrrrrr. I won though. Hooray! xxx

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  5. Not free off a man! I meant magazine. Stupid fat fingers x

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  6. Funnily enough it's my son who has been more of a cryer-I too have learnt to ignore the crocodile tears and focus on the real ones! Great photo, love it. Thank you for linking up with #TheThemeGame

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    1. Today she has sobbed over the baby wanting to play with her and also the fact I didn't want her to wear a wooly hat in doors. She won that one though. I caved in. Let her head be hot I say! xxx

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  7. Brilliant photo and story to go with it! I could tell almost the same story of Mushroom who will be three in March. Not the Pat Butcher insult, although we did recently have tears when I said he was clever. Uh huh. And the Asda meltdown/wanting a Peppa toy? That could have been us last week. The jugdemental old ladies really annoy me but just not quite enough to say anything about their comments.

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    1. No I just roll my eyes and sometimes mutter under my breath. Shops are literally the utter worst!!!! I now just leave her (well go round the corner to ensure she isn't stolen or anything) x

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  8. Great photo - have you entered it in @ReasonsMySonCry? You should. I always wonder, have those women in Asda/Tesco/the doctors' waiting room never had children?! Would they give in to the 29th tantrum of the day just because they were in public?

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    1. Ohhh no. I will have a look. If I see a toddler tantrum I just give the mother a knowing nod of sorrow. They drive me crackers! Silly old moo bags x

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  9. Oh yes! We have that exact same 'jewellery' set. And boy, did we have proper tears, a proper paddy, a proper stand-off when our little bear found the dangly earring bits but the back had come off one of them. She. Was. Not. Happy. Love the hen night tshirts idea ;)

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  10. Haha that is an amazing photo!! We aren't in toddlerhood yet but we are already getting some fake stroppy protest crys and they do make me laugh so I don't think you are harsh at all!!! I love that she doesn't even know who pat butcher is and still doesn't want to be her haha imagine if she did know who it was!!

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    1. If she actually knew who she was she would have wept even louder. Her little friend dared to pretend to tuen her into a baby yesterday. She went ballistic!!! xxx

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  11. You have to keep yourself sane somehow - my youngest is a bit like that and when he was running around the kitchen with a carving knife and the eldest was yelling and crying too, I completely ignored them, assuming it was their usual stuff! They didn't learn! Love that last line :)

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    1. Kids are just crazy mad loons. I have embraced this now!!!! It is the only way to survive xxx

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  12. I so love that photo and I can sympathise fully. My daughter seemed to turn into a ferocious hormonal monster when she turned three and you do come out of the other end but I worry a lot about the teenage years as maybe this is a small glimpse of what is to come

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    1. Oh no! I hadnt even thought of that!!!!! Oh dear!!!!! The dooom. She's going to be an utter horror xxx

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