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Y’all, Squally is the sweetest child ever….when she wants to be, but here we are getting super close to 17 months and this girl can throw a tantrum like a professional! We like to jokingly say that she deserves an Oscar or an Emmy or something for her performances because the child will fall out and throw herself down and start smiling 0.5 secs later and giggling like nothing was ever wrong.

Now, I know that handling temper tantrums is ALWAYS a hot topic with moms and it varies GREATLY from family to family. As a child, we got whoopings and popped if we acted out and while I would like to avoid doing that with Squally Muffin, sometimes (most times) she does not respond to reason and I am very tempted!

Corporal punishment is not the answer

I remember reading in textbook I had for one of my child and family studies classes basically that hitting a child was a sign of losing your temper and not wanting to take the time to try to rationalize with the child and explain to them what they’re doing wrong. This did NOT sit well with a bunch of my classmates and now that I am a parent myself, I find myself feeling guilty sometimes for even THINKING about popping Lariah even though she DEFINITELY deserves it sometimes.

So HOW do you reason with a child who is still learning to understand language and struggling to communicate? I don’t want to be a parent that is begging and pleading with my child to cooperate in exchange for the next best thing. While I make no judgments and take no issue with parents who do that, I would like to go another route for MY family.

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