I love my little girl to death but within the past few weeks she has begun to throw more temper tantrums and demanding that I hold her at all times. She’s 20 months so I know temper tantrums are normal for this age, what I wasn’t expecting is that she would irritate me so much. She sits on my feet when I’m trying to get dinner ready and just cries and cries, she refuses to go to my husband and instead demands ‘Mummy! Mummy! Mummy!’ I feel terrible that I get so annoyed with her but I don’t know what to do, it’s so frustrating to not be able to take two steps without being assaulted with tears and demands because she isn’t getting her way. Has anyone else experienced this and do you have any advice?
Update from anonymous …
I want to thank all the moms for their advice and understanding. The hardest thing is the guilt but I think I need to remind myself it’s ok to need to do something without a little one hanging off me. I don’t yell at her and we play before and after dinner so I guess I’m doing pretty good. And my husband has been quite happy to jump in once I reminded him of the safety aspect so now he’s been trying to distracted her with games with him in the playroom, worse case scenario we have Netflix now so there is always bribery in a Wiggles episode.
I really can’t wait until she’s old enough to help me because I love to cook, I’ve even found recently about making safe ‘helper chairs’ for toddlers and toddler safe knives to make it easier for her to be able to help me in the kitchen.
Thank so much for listening and helping everyone!
Posted anonymously, 15th April 2015