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Terrible Tantrums!

 Curriculum of the Day:  EMOTIONS

I would be lying if I said my recently turned three year olds did not throw tantrums. Dealing with Lyra and Ripley’s uncontrolled emotions is the hardest part of parenthood. Sometimes if I just put food on Lyra’s plate the wrong way, it will trigger her to shake her hands in frustration and shriek, “Not that way!”   If it’s bedtime, but she wants to keep playing with the water in the sink, she will start to stamp her feet and wail, “I want to keep playing with water!” Ripley will run away to another room and cry if she’s not getting her way or feels she has been slighted in some way by one of us. Sound familiar?     

Yes, these angels throw tantrums.
Yes, these angels throw tantrums. 

How do we deal with them? We deal in a variety of ways, depending on the severity and the time of day.  One rule is that any kind of tantrum large or small in a store or restaurant means immediate evacuation, period. That is what I threaten if something is bubbling and we have yet to have to leave anywhere because of an emotional upheaval. At home, we first try to find out what is wrong, asking how can we help, use your words, and is there a compromise available. If it’s a rule or a definitive “no” that has started the reaction, I find myself saying “I understand if you need to cry” or just plain ignore her for a while until she realizes I’m not backing down. This is the HARDEST because of the ear piercing noise involved. The only thing that’s harder is if they’re both crying or having uncontrollable emotions–which, thank goodness, are rare.   They tend to trade-off who is in peril.

The calm before the tantrum...
The calm before the tantrum...

Recently, we started something called the “calm down chair.” If one of them just can’t get control, or needs a time-out and has a tantrum about it, they go to the calm down chair with a parent. It really works. They grab a dolly and their blankie and we lie down in this very big “couch chair.” The problem then arises when they both want to be with Mommy in the calm down chair!

There is no denying the girls are in the prime years of learning how to handle their volcanic emotions. Every day is just navigating their tumultuous lives as best we can. Some days I just want to quit. Some days the joy is overwhelming.

How do you deal with tantrums?



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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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