Mom Skill to Master: The Reverse Tantrum

Mom Skill to Master: The Reverse Tantrum

There is nothing more terrifying than witnessing tantrum onset: a sharp inhale followed by an intense flood of tears spilling out of glazed over eyes that have you questioning how much it would cost to hire an exorcist to compel the power of Christ to save your child.

Forget waterboarding….let’s work out a toddler-leasing program with the CIA and FBI.  We’ll get our answers and we’ll get them NOW.

Tantrums never happen when you have a wide open day with little to nothing to get done.

No, silly mommies, no.

They don’t.

They don’t happen when Daddy is spending the day laughing and giggling and tickling and doing all the other fun stuff mommy “never” does.  Who hasn’t wanted to deck their spouse when they have the audacity to say “but they never do that with me”?

As if.

You see, tantrums are strategic events that systematically render the target (read: mommy) defenseless and desperate for immediate appeasement.

Think about it.  Most tantrums happen when you’re…

- on the phone for an official/important reason

- running late

- sick or have a headache

- on a deadline

- frustrated or stressed out with fiftymillion other things outside of mom-dom

Am I right?  Am I right?

So check this out.  I came across this cool commercial I saw when we lived in the UK:

Reverse tantrumSee?  Now that’s a mom that has mad mama skills.

The next time La Rubia (or, heaven forbid, La Grande) attempts a temper tantrum, I’m seriously considering unleashing the ultimate tantrum response tool: The Reverse Tantrum.

How do you deal with tantrums?  Have you ever thrown a reverse tantrum?  Would you consider throwing a reverse tantrum?



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  1. I stood there and told her to bring it, give it all she’s worth. To try harder, to ‘work it baby’. I’d say, ‘that’s all you got?’ Basically i laughed at her. It cut her right off because she did not get the response she wanted.

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