"K, let's go and take your bath."
"No, no...no". Then he threw himself on the couch, started crying, kicking legs and flailing arms in protest.
I whipped out the camera, took this video of K. K stopped when he saw the camera. Watch his face in this clip.
Looks like someone is pretty good at shedding crocodile tears, yet his natural response to pose for the camera gave him away.
The 2nd meltdown happened an hour later when K insisted on washing his hands.
"Wait, let mommy do this first."
"Wash hands, wash..."
He sat on the floor and then started to cry like it was the end of the world.
After 2 mins at the sink, I decided it was quite enough. I carried him down and told him no more of washing hands. Then the 3rd meltdown happened.
This time I ignored the tantrum and made sure I practiced the old reinforcement theory. Left him alone but told him that I will be waiting outside the hall where he is finished. K continued the next minutes crying for the helper. The helper came over to help him, I raised my voice and told her to leave him there. I told K that no one is going to help him to as he had to stop crying.
Eventually he stopped, then I went over to him and gave him a hug and explained that crying is not acceptable and it does not help him to get what he wants.
3 temper tantrums in 2 hours. I guess this may be a prelude to the terrible twos. I am beginning see the 'Hyde' in K making its brief, yet repetitive appearance these couple of weeks. So, to tame K's temper tantrums, I will need to maintain my composure and be consistent with my response to tantrums.
No one should get in the way when I am dealing with K's tantrums , not doting grandparents, father or helper. This toddler will have to learn that he is not going to get anywhere with his tantrums.