Eloise had her first official toddler temper tantrum this evening. Over sitting on a bench.
As soon as I walked in the door after work she pointed to the bench in our foyer and said, "Ici? Ici Mama." Not only does Eloise have a new affinity for sitting on benches, apparently she has also been studying french while I'm at work. That, or she was just trying to say 'sit'.
So I sat down with her on the bench, along with Piggy 2.0, and we very, very happily chatted until Chris announced it was bath time. But picking Eloise up meant trading blissful bench happiness for face-to-the floor screaming, hands on hips and even real tears. She just kept repeating, "ici, ici." I've never seen her do anything like this before.
Since her tears - and her anger - were real we went back to the bench and enjoyed a piece of toast. Once Eloise was satisfied with enough bench sitting she looked at me and said, "done," and we put her in the tub.
Does this mean that preventing temper tantrums is as easy as just listening to what Eloise wants?