Usually, you have a general idea of when it's going to happen. You're just not exactly sure what will set it off. You begin handling things with the agility of someone trying to diffuse a bomb. Here, you want this? Ooh, look at that pretty toy!
I'm talking about temper tantrums, moms. More specifically, temper tantrums that happen in public.
Nobody likes it when their normally sweet child suddenly decides to go bat-crap crazy in public -- flailing their arms about; trying to get out of the shopping cart; throwing their head back in confusing agony. But it happens to the best of 'em. And here's exactly why.
Here are the 10 stages of a toddler meltdown.
At first your toddler is like: Hmm ... this outing is moving along a little too smoothly for my taste. I'm kinda feelin' like it needs spicing up.
And then he's like: You know what? I'll wait. I'm enjoying building up the suspense too much.
Then, right when you think the coast is clear and you have a cart full of items you need, it's go time:
It starts off slow:
Then it crescendos:
Then, finally, it peaks:
Then, just when you think you've reached your wits' end, your toddler chills out a bit and is like:
But then they see that you're relaxed, so they're like:
So THEN THEY GO AT IT AGAIN!!!
And then you leave the store, or wherever you are, and your kid is like, "Victory, Mom. Victory."
What do you do when your kid has a temper tantrum in public?
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