When an American Dad lip-synch’ed his daughters tantrum I was reminded that humour is probably the best way to deal with toddler tantrums.

Emily Jade

Emily Jade

High heels and high chairs

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BLUEEEEE BLUEEEEE!!! Yelled my nearly-two-year-old in the kid’s underwear section of Kmart. Melting down deluxe and throwing herself on the floor as if she had just been told her entire family had been run over by a bulldozer and there were no survivors. Such is the melody of my life right now as I navigate through what presses her toddler buttons and brings on tantrums.

Sadly, everything presses her buttons right now – each day it changes. But that day in Kmart it was that there were no blue choices in underwear for my little Shiloh Pitt, who like Shiloh, demands to only be dressed in the colour normally worn by the opposite sex. Purple was the closest I could find unless I selected a pair from the other side of the rack – the boy’s side. As I picked her up from the floor that hundreds of dirty shoes had trodden on, she directed her attention to my face and, well…. belted the living daylights out of me.

Completely taken aback by her Mundine-esque right-left-right hook to my cheeks I have to admit, quite ashamedly, that it really hurt. She’s got terrific aim and though she is tiny for her age, she is bloody strong. To make matters worse I wanted to hit her back. I didn’t, of course, because I was in public; I only do that at home. KIDDING. I don’t do it ever, and so I resorted to the kind of parenting I thought I detested (other than the other kind I just mentioned). I bribed her. I whispered in her ear, “Please calm down for Mummy, if you do I will buy you a lolly and some boy’s undies”.

It worked  a treat, pardon the pun, and a happy little lady trotted out of the store with her face covered in Milky Way wearing blue undies around her wrists like bracelets – the obvious place for them. Thinking back on it now, I wish I had done what this guy in America did. He’s the latest Youtube sensation and parents around the world are cracking up at his antics – because they have all been there and it’s nice to know we are not alone. For now, please excuse me because my daughter is having a tantrum about the colour iceblock I have given her.

Happy Parenting.