Wesley and I went to lunch with Chris’ family today for my FIL’s birthday, Happy Birthday PawPaw , and it went sour fast! Wes started off in a good mood and ate fairly well. It wasn’t until it was time for me to eat did he start to fuss. We ate at a Mongolian BBQ place so my BIL watched him as I went up to get a plate. When I got back he began throwing his food, screaming, and crying. No one finds this cute or funny especially me, so you can imagine my horror. I tried to distract, feed, guide, and calm him. Nope, he just wanted to run around. We happened to be in the corner and had it to ourselves so I moved the highchair to block his escape and let him roam on the floor in between our table and the wall. He then wanted to eat all the food he had thrown on the ground. At this point I wanted to pull my hair out. My littlest SIL got on the floor with him and tried to keep him busy while I attempted to eat but he just wanted to scream and cry. After a few minutes of trying to appease Wesley, I just waved the white flag and asked for a box. After cleaning the floor and the table I picked him up and left. I was embarrassed and hungry. It sucked leaving early but his tantrum was getting worse and other patrons, including family, didn’t deserve to hear or see it.
So there it is, I’ve (un)successfully? dealt with my first temper tantrum. I don’t know if what I did was correct but it’s at least over and done with. I also don’t know what to do if this happens again. What is an appropriate discipline for a 13month old? Is he even old enough for discipline yet?