Ella @ School

When I picked the girls up last Thursday, Sammy’s teacher practically ran me down.  She is generally excitable, but today  her arms were waving even more emphatically than usual when she spoke.

“Ella had a little melt down today!”

She went on to explain that when asked to wash her hands, Ella had said no. She was told she should, but no one could make her.  So she didn’t and stood with her arms crossed in the bathroom doorway.  When told that although she did not have to wash her hands, she did have to move out of the doorway.  She again said no. So Samantha’s teacher, who was on bathroom duty, tried to pick her up.

Ella went limp.  She was wearing a pink silky dress that she wears constantly.  So she was slippery.  Samantha’s teacher pantomimed the event, demonstrating how Ella slipped like an eel over and over as the teacher tried to grasp her. Ella had to be passed to her own teacher where she continued the tantrum.  Eventually, Ella was placed on the ground because she was too hard to hold. It was an epic tantrum.

And it must have been since as soon as I walked into Ella’s room, her teacher, usually quiet and of few words, relayed the whole story to me with wide eyes. Ending with, “I just can’t believe sweet Ella had such a tantrum.”

I smiled and said nothing. Because Ella has tantrums like that at home seven or eight times a day. I pick out the wrong socks, tantrum. She wants to wear a different dress, tantrum.  She wants to watch more television and I say no, tantrum. She doesn’t want to go play outside, tantrum. Heaven forbid I can’t quite understand her and ask her to repeat herself, tantrum.

I’ve stopped trying to hold her because I’m tired of being kicked and punched. I just let her flail on the ground and walk away.  When she’s done, she comes to me like nothing happened and we carry on.

Although the tantrums are the bane of my existence trying, to say the least, it’s nice to know that she behaves herself for other people.

Do you have a child with a different personality at school? Any good advice on stopping the tantrums? We’re over a year since the terrible two’s started, and Penny’s showing signs of them already. It’d be nice to have a break between them instead of dueling tantrums.



In other news, I have a couple of awards to accept.

The lovely Kristy at Pampers and Pinot awarded me the Irresistibly Sweet blog award.  Doesn’t it look delicious? Kristy is one of the ladies that participates in the Red Writing Hood meme on Fridays.  So head over and check out her awesome writing!


And Kristy’s award reminded me that I forgot to accept my award from Sofia at Sofia’s Ideas. She has a great blog about green living and lots of useful hints and tips about living more green.  She awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award way back in November when I was deep in NaNoWriMo purgatory and not blogging much. My brain was so fried at the end, I forgot to accept it.

Thank you both so much! It really means a lot that you thought of me.




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  1. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
    Twitter: kristinglas

    Food. And sleep. That’s my best defense. My experience is that when I am not listening to my kids- tantrums.
    Also that whole terrible two’s thing is made up. It’s 3 that’s real trouble.
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