Well. Today we were those people. Those people in the store with a screaming child. A tantrum-throwing screaming child. Yep.
We were in the Dollar Tree (high rollers), and Charlotte was having the best time ever running and squealing up and down the aisles carrying two buckets she found. Then it was time to check out and go home. Daddy picked her up, and Mama took one of the buckets.
Oh.My.Lanta. The screams. The throwing her head back. The screams, the screams, the screams. And then the stares from every single person in the store.
I took her outside while Daddy paid, and she was quickly pacified by the sight of some shopping carts that she wanted to sit in. (???)
Actually, as of the past few weeks, tantrums like this are working their way into our everyday.
Charlotte, you can’t watch another video right now. Throws self on floor.
Draw on paper, not the walls. Draws on walls anyway. Okay, no more coloring. Throws self on floor.
Daddy has to go to work. Throws self on floor.
Mama has to go to work. Doesn’t care one bit. (She is so not into me these days.)
Time to change your diaper. Runs away. Gotcha, let’s go! Tries to throw self out of our arms/off the changing table.
So, Chris and I have had to introduce some discipline in the form of one minute time outs. Charlotte happened to think time outs were hilarious at first, so that was disheartening. But now that Chris traps her in the corner (It’s humane, I promise. He just blocks her so she can’t run), her time outs are not as funny.
Now, if we preface our discipline with Do you want a time out? Charlotte will usually say no and usually stop the behavior. Success!
(Well, kinda. This only works when she’s doing something she’s not suppose to be doing. It doesn’t work when she doesn’t get her way about something.)
Here I am having to remind Charlotte (for the tenth time today) not to play with the outlet in our guest room, and here’s Charlotte actually listening. Yay!
(But first you have to watch her performing some animal sounds, humming, and simply being adorable.)