My kid can strop like the best of them. A stroppy toddler tantrum is enough to break even the most patient of parents and can see you diving for the dairy milk before 12pm and shouting into cupboards. It isn’t fun. So I’m going to suggest something. Physical activity. Go for a walk. Burn off some energy. Even if it is cold. I’m telling you…the thought of being outside in the rain is far preferable to me hearing the Fireman Sam theme tune again or indeed…the whine of a stroppy toddler. Last time we did it. It worked like a dream! I’m going to convert you to toddlers outdoors.
I have a few stroppy toddlers outdoors tips to help along the way…
- Open space. It doesn’t have to be a park. In fact. When he is in a mood like this one. I avoid parks.
- Waterproofs. I don’t care how muddy he gets then. We picked the ones up from the picture for about £2 secondhand. BEST. THING. EVER.
- Talk. Have a chat. I find, when my kids is being stroppy, I kind of don’t really want to talk to him. But if we are outside and walking about. There is something to talk about. Which helps.
- Don’t spend any money. No ice creams, no kite. Just the stuff you can see. Outdoor activities don’t always have to involve stuff. (I might add here…some days we do go to the swings, with a new football and buy an ice cream, but not on a day like this)
So, what did we actually do?
A picture speaks a thousand words. We explored. We talked. We climbed. He pricked his finger on a thorn. We had a hug. Then he hugged the tree. We weren’t mean to each other.
We got back in the car…he was a bit of a shit again. But after a bit of lunch and a nap I’m glad to report he was a million times better. It isn’t a magic cure. But it did pass a morning with fewer confrontations. Which, in my head, is a win. Plus, I only ate half the dairy milk and swore into a pillow far fewer times than usual. Toddlers outdoors. It IS the future!