Temper Tantrums – an alternative approach


head band melissa Being the mother of a strong willed toddler meant I was never short of a power struggle or two.

One of the best was when Melissa was 17 months old. I asked if we could leave home without the 20 hair bands she insisted on wearing on her head and around her wrists like bangles (I wish I had the exact photo). She threw an absolute hissy fit and of course I lost, so we had to walk all the way to a friend’s house with sobs and tears streaming down her face whilst people looked on in wonder at this ridiculously dressed BALD baby.

Melissa also had a mind of her own when it came to food. She insisted on feeding herself which meant meal times were always a messy event. Plus it would always take us ages to leave the house in the morning because she would not…

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