21 Responses to “It’s all Jane’s fault.”

  1. Amelia June 26, 2007 at 5:25 PM #

    If she threw the mother of all tantrums, I know who the father is…

    My toddler is 2.4, and he is eviiiiiiil. IN fact, right now he is supposed to be napping. Instead he is yelling “mama” at the top of his lungs.

    We were at Legoland. There was stroller refusal. It was ugly. I feel your pain!

  2. Jane June 26, 2007 at 5:50 PM #

    Pretending to be a lesbian in order to ward off guys at a bar doesn’t work. Just saying.

  3. Jaci Burton June 26, 2007 at 5:51 PM #

    Now I’m going to have to fight Jane for you? Great. Just great.

    My husband will want video. :giggle:

  4. Rene Lyons June 26, 2007 at 6:11 PM #

    Hum, sounds to me like Brianna and Jesse are having a contest over who can act the worst in public. Last week I actually had to hoof Jesse out of Kinkos football-style while she threw a tantrum that nearly sent me to an early grave. (I’m learning a person, can indeed, die of shame).

    Limits? Boundaries? We set those too. What a joke! And I hear the awful threes are worse than the terrible twos.


  5. Rosie June 26, 2007 at 6:32 PM #

    If there’s a fight between Jane and Jaci I want to see video forget about the husbands.

    As for the terrible twos, the phrase got coined for a reason. I had one child who threw tantrums and one who didn’t. Beanie, who threw tantrums is the most laid back and sweet guy you’d ever want to meet.

    Shmoo, who didn’t throw tantrums is witty, funny, strong willed, and contrary. So there’s no rules or guarantees how they turn out.

    My only suggestion is to remember a strong will and going all out for what one wants can turn into a good thing. Although it’s little consolation when your toddler is shrieking, back arching and turning red in the middle of a restaurant. Been there…done that.

  6. May June 26, 2007 at 6:35 PM #

    I raided my posts file for you–I sympathize because now that I am on vacation, I’m busily avoiding babysitting jobs for all kids, and especially really spoilt ones.

    Hmm….nada from the files.. How about things you do in edits that you wished authors did before subbing or handing in their manuscripts? Specific things beyond “have it critted and revised.”

    Also, it’s really great that you can’t taunt me with Jaci’s Hunting The Demon because I’ve already read my ARC.

  7. Lesley Speller June 26, 2007 at 9:08 PM #

    The mall is always fun… The flinging himself to the floor and going into what would appear to the casual viewer as seizures of some sort. I’m sure everyone is thinking, “OMG What a horrible mommy! Her baby is having a seizure, and she’s just telling him to cut it out and be good!” Then there’s the back arching refusal to get into the dang car seat! He weighs 27 lbs and it is physically impossible to make him bend. That’s the worst!!! And God forbid we should try to leave the toddler area at the park. He’s not even two yet! For the love of all that is good and holy, it really can’t get much worse, can it?

  8. Angie June 26, 2007 at 9:22 PM #

    Oh, the arching the back. Today I had Brianna almost strapped into the carseat. I had the harness on, just not the bottom piece (I was pretty much pinning her to the carseat while she screamed bloody freaking murder and tried to arch her back and swing at me. I was sooo close to having her in and then…she arched just right, threw her arms straight up and slid out the bottom of the harness and out of the carseat. Waaaah (that was me, not her, lolol). Some days it doesn’t pay to get out of bed 😉

  9. Rebecca James June 26, 2007 at 9:43 PM #

    um, yes… tantrums in the supermarket… I know them well.

  10. Charlene Teglia June 26, 2007 at 10:04 PM #

    There’s a great series of child-raising books. “Your Two Year Old” has been read to pieces around here. It’s a very difficult age. Morgan hit the Great Tantrum Stage a couple of months ago (getting in early). Fortunately, she listens pretty well to reason. Like, she started having a fit every time I put her in the backpack because she wanted to walk. So we told her she could walk on the way back, and she settled down. Then we made it a new habit that she gets out and walks the last leg. (We walk about 2 miles a day and it’s too far for her to do the whole thing.)

    I don’t think it’s possible to prevent all tantrums, although you can head off a lot by timing trips out when they’re rested, fed, etc. But they get the drive to assert themselves before they’re able to do all the things they want to do, and screaming happens.

  11. Jana J. Hanson June 26, 2007 at 10:32 PM #

    C, my almost 3 year old, has mini meltdowns all the time. Mostly due to his sensory issues (bless his heart) and reactions to new places or loss of consistency. Of course, he still cries for me when I drop him off at preschool, a place he’s been going since he was 6 weeks old.

    I sympathize with you on the “evil eyes” from other people. I always feel like people are staring when C acts out. That’s why we make trips to the bathroom to talk. Talking usually works.

    What I dread are the tantrums in the middle of an aisle at Target when he can’t have a new Cars toy.


  12. Mad June 26, 2007 at 11:01 PM #

    Mine’s not 2, she’s 4 and she does the tantrum bit much too often in my opinion.

  13. Shelli Stevens June 27, 2007 at 2:03 AM #

    Okay I’m PRAYING I get hit on by a cowboy at RWA. In fact, that’s on my to do list.

    I hear you on the toddlerhood. Mine’s three, and for me 3 is worse than 2! Some days I just think… 😥 I can’t take it anymore! But it could be worse. She could be dating.

  14. Jaynie R June 27, 2007 at 7:02 AM #

    :poke: um…my four year old still has tantrums, and even the six year old has been known to *sigh*, but yes the youngest is the worst and he’s been 3 for a few months now. You think 2 is bad – wait until you hit 3 :giggle:

    And the carseat thing…getting them in is hell. What’s worse is when you’re cruising down the highway and they figure out how to undo the buckle. :muahaha:

  15. Christine d'Abo June 27, 2007 at 7:41 AM #

    It’s been a while since I’ve had to worry about tantrums (mine are 6 and 7), but we had a few good ones too. If it happened in a store my husband and I would immediately stop shopping, take the kids and leave. We wouldn’t say anything to them, just bring them home. Eventually, they clued in and stopped because they liked going to the store. If they had a tantrum at home, unless they were in danger, I’d walk away and ignore them. Read a book (pretend to read a book)until they stopped.

    Seemed to work for my two, as they went through that phase very quickly.

  16. Imogen Howson June 27, 2007 at 7:50 AM #

    SO normal. Not fun, but *not* a sign of spoiled-rotteness or bad parenting (which actually always gets blamed on the mother–no one blames fathers anywhere near as much. anyway, where was I?).

    Blog about how parenting skills translate into exec editor skills? Or vice versa? Now come on, don’t tell me they don’t–be creative! 😀

  17. RLGelber June 27, 2007 at 8:08 AM #

    OH boy do I feel you. And that carseat manuever you mention up there, yeah R has that one down pat! Someone told me the other day that age 3 was harder. I can’t even imagine.

  18. Heidi Shoham June 27, 2007 at 8:38 AM #

    Ah yes, kidlet tantrums. My little girl is 3 and a half (going on 30) and she thankfully doesn’t throw too many tantrums. But when she does…oh boy! :hide:

    In my pre-parenting days I used to look at kids throwing tantrums and think, “gee, those parents must be doing something wrong” *snort* yeah I know…I was that clueless. Now that I have my very own tantrum-throwing, master manipulator :evilha: I know better.

    As for topics, you could talk about how hard it is to close the office door when you work from home. You could also write about plots you are just sick of seeing, why paranormals seem to be so popular, or the effect of blogs on the reader/author relationship.
    Whatever you decide, post a link to it so we can all check it out.

  19. Angie June 27, 2007 at 9:14 AM #

    I’ve been hearing since Brianna was born that three is worse than two. *shudder* I might run away yet.

    And I did actually write my RTB column last night. I found inspiration in a suggestion about submissions crossed with a picture that reminded me of a wanted poster. I know, kind of makes you curious what those two things together could have possibly made me think of, doesn’t it? lol

    Thanks for all the help with ideas, sometimes just brainstorming helps spark things!

  20. FerfelaBat June 27, 2007 at 5:34 PM #

    Two words: Ice Water

    The Book is called Toddler Taming. Very useful.

  21. Sybil June 27, 2007 at 8:27 PM #

    I will let everyone know when the pictures go up for bid at ebay.


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