Two year old children have the distinct ability to fling themselves backward whenever they encounter something disagreeable. Son #2 is no exception. This habit of throwing himself back regardless of who or what may be behind him began at the ripe old age of one and 7/8ths.
If his little mug contained something that was not to his liking, he threw himself backward.
If his older brother took a toy away from him, he threw himself backward.
If he didn't get a cookie first before his brother, he threw himself backward.
If he didn't know someone and was scared, he threw himself backward.
If he was told not to touch something, he threw himself backward.
There were and still are an endless amount of scenarios that could make my young son throw himself backward shrieking "Whoa, whoa, whoa!" on his way down. There are an even larger amount of reactions that I display when his tantrums occur. When he hits his head on the way down, I snuggle and comfort him. Other times, I rush to catch him before any damage is done. However when he cautiously throws himself to the floor and catches himself before injury occurs, I eyeball him and voice my disapproval. Inevitably, I talk to him about being patient or listening and obeying depending upon the situation. We always end with a hug, a kiss, and a child's promise to end the fits.
Do I believe the tantrums will end?
Eventually in a year or two, we'll be able to have a conversation instead of "Special Cry Time" performed by my two year old child. I look forward to the day when I don't have to stick my fingers in my ears to drown out the naughty protests and demands when Son #2 does not get his way. Yet, I shrug my shoulders and accept the fact that my two year old wants independence but does not know how to explain himself.
I think he is slowly learning to control his temper. With time, he'll find better ways to communicate his displeasure. I'll be curious to see if he can learn to construct well thought out arguments minus whining and complaining. As my mom always says. "It's only a phase. When this passes, something else will take its place."