I don't know what is going on this summer but my kids are sick again! M has strep, O has pink eye and N has RSV so I am trying to do everything I can to keep them away from each other since they are contagious and help them get better as quickly as possible since M has dance rehearsals almost every night this week and her big concert on Saturday! So yesterday I was getting drinks for my kids and I am giving them orange juice to drink since milk is not the greatest when you are sick - I've had to learn that the hard way - and O didn't want Orange juice but wanted milk, well I had already poured it and so this was what happened:
O: I want milk
Me: Sorry buddy I already poured you juice and you need to drink juice to get better
O: screaming - I want milk!!!!
Me: you can have juice or you can have nothing
O: throws himself on the floor and screams at the top of his lung for one minute straight - yes I timed it :)
Me: completely ignoring O's screaming and getting M and J their drinks
J: (while covering his ears and almost crying) Mom please just give him what he wants so he will stop crying
Me: No, just ignore him
J: I don't know how! Just give him some milk
Me: he will stop screaming in a minute and drink his juice just watch
O: after screaming for a minute straight he sees M and J drinking their juice and gets up off the floor, walks over and picks up his sippy and says, "Thanks Mom" then drinks his juice
Stick to your guns, ignore the tantrums and they will end and they will do what is expected. But if you give in and give them what they want - they will continue to throw tantrums in order to get what they want! So do yourself a favor this week and don't give in!