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Why my child is sad: today’s tantrums

31st August 2016

Today, my children have been sad/angry/annoyed for a variety of reasons. And I know that for them these things are big things and they matter – a 4 and 2 year old cannot understand why certain things can or can’t happen.

That said, it’s still amusing to look back on it as an adult and find it slightly bemusing as to why these things are bothersome. So with that, I bring you the reasons my children have thrown tantrums today:

  1. Music was playing when they didn’t want it to
  2. A particular song was not playing
  3. I was unable to pick up E at a specific moment
  4. Music was no longer playing
  5. The duvet was not in a certain position on E’s bed
  6. There was a yellow towel in the bathroom and not a white one
  7. The duvet was in a certain position on E’s bed
  8. There were no Cheerios for breakfast, despite the fact that they didn’t want any
  9. I offered the wrong colour spoon for eating breakfast
  10. Getting dressed is for losers
  11. …Not those socks
  12. We got stuck in traffic and I wouldn’t “just overtake” the big line of traffic in front of me

All of this happened in about 3 hours this morning, at which point I decided it was time to admit defeat and let Peppa Pig look after them for a while (you know it’s bad if I’ve resorted to that – I hate that show!). Aaaaaaand breathe!

Time flies

13th July 2016

Remember when I was posting about how D was 6 months old and I wasn’t sure where the time was going, how we were doing with reusable nappies, feeding and weaning, and worrying about how he’d adjust to having a baby sister?

This is a boy who’s starting primary school in September and who ‘graduates’ pre-school next week. Eeeeeek.

D vs Meningitis

15th November 2015

So this weekend was not a great one. D ended up (thankfully briefly) in intensive care on Thursday night and after pumping him full of antibiotics for 48 hours, he responded well to treatment and was allowed to come home on Saturday. He has to go back to hospital every day for more drips and checks and isn’t allowed out of the house or to see any other children until he’s been given the all clear, which we expect to happen in a week’s time if all goes well.

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