Post total freak out
Pearl has entered what I have heard referred to as the "terrible twos" stage. She isn't quite two yet, but she is certainly throwing ridiculous tantrums all of a sudden. She is still a very sweet girl, but will occasionally lose it over the tiniest things.
We walked to a nearby restaurant for breakfast on Friday. She kept trying to walk into the road on the way home and since that stretch of the walk has no sidewalks, Jeremy picked her up. Pearl went totally nuts. She was crying, screaming, kicking, and eventually started hitting him. Once we got home, he sat her down on the floor bed in her room to let her work it out. She rolled around her room crying for a good ten minutes before finally crawling into my lap and falling asleep.
I thought he handled the situation amazingly well as it was his first experience with one of her tantrums. I have been seeing them more and more recently during the day though and I have no idea how to punish a young toddler who is crying for silly reasons. It's one thing when she dumps out the dog food or is playing with the stereo. Those are easy things to tell her she shouldn't be doing and pull her away from the situation. But what do I do with a kid who all of a sudden thinks the end of the world has arrived? I'm not sure how to make her understand that acting like that is not okay.
So, I would love advice. I know a lot of you who read my blog are parents and I'm curious to know what has worked for you during the crazy tantrum stage of toddlerhood?
Thanks for the help!