The first step is to penetrate the clouds of deceit and distortion and learn the truth about the world,
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Monday, April 4, 2011


That is the number of tantrums this little innocent lovely had between Friday morning and Sunday evening. Three of them were epic. E.P.I.C.
All of them began with the word no, involved lots of flailing, hitting and all out hysterics, attempted time outs and time ins (yeah, I have no clue what I'm doing) and ended with a bottle, rocking, and that special hiccuping, snorting, sniffling thing we all do when faced with the end of an irrational cryfest. (Hers, not mine.)

We are considering pricking her finger to test her blood sugar when she gets going. (J has diabetes, thus a diabetes testing kit.) I have this weird feeling that she has low blood sugar and that the rage is centered around hunger but she doesn't realize it. After each one, after a full bottle, she's gone on to eat huge amounts of food.

Think pricking her finger during mid-rage would annoy her....?

Rage? Not moi!



  1. i'm so sorry.... sounds very draining!

  2. "Think pricking her finger during mid-rage would annoy her....?"

    Can't make it any worse I'd bet! :)

  3. yaarggghhhhhh, that sounds AWFUL!!

    Our two are always much much worse at self-regulation when they are sick /teething / missed a nap. they are also no good at ALL at telling when they are hungry, so I can totally imagine that kids can end up with really bad sugar lows. I say if you've got the kit, you might as well try it!!

  4. When G starts in with a tantrum, for my own sanity, she goes to time-out. She always continues the tantrum there and often carries on with it for 15-30 min or longer. When she's done with it, she's sweet as pie. For some reason, she just needs to get it out. AND we have 3 kids, and I still have no idea what I am doing, because each kid is so different.

  5. Oh, that is SO exhausting - for everyone! Mine had a rash of tantrums a while ago that seemed related to unusual sleepiness, and that cleared up when we got over the two-naps-to-one hurdle.

    Have you heard of the HALT trigger list for fear-based reactions? Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired (I came across this in the sidebar of, which credited - which is a great blog - but I can't find where she talks about that trigger list.)


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