Tuesday, March 07, 2006

No Quick Fixes

I've found that sing-alongs in the car are an easy way to diffuse tantrums. The other day, Allie was in the middle of an impressive screaming fit over the grave injustice of my helping her buckle her carseat.

"Why don't we sing a song?" I suggested four or twelve times.

Finally, sniffling, she acquiesced. "Okay..."

I started with "A Few of My Favorite Things," and got a few lines into the song before Allie interrupted me.

"NO! I want to sing it!"

"Okay, sweetie, go ahead."


*More silence*


Sobbing resumes.

Some tantrums are more intractable than others, I guess.