Ava is 2 and some change and a very head strong and stubborn toddler. Sometimes she has bad tantrums, sometimes small tantrums. Today she's had 3 tantrums. Two of which involved high pitch screaming, crying, running away from whoever tried to put her in time out, and hitting. Sometimes she will scream as loud and hard as she can during said tantrums. She will usually lay down and scream "I GO TO SLEEP!" and then pretend to sleep (I'm guessing to get out of time out/etc). Or she will point at me and scream "NO MOMMA! NO!"
From about the age of 14, I was a nanny of sorts. I'd go to my parent's friend's house to live there for 2 months and take care of whatever children they had while they worked. At 16, I became a PT nanny. So I do have experience in different types of toddlers and whatnot. I even worked with an autistic child for a summer at 15 (what in the WORLD were my parents thinking??).
My bf, who has no children of his own and very limited exposure to children stated tonight that Ava's tantrums were not "normal." I just kind of shrugged and said okay. He then went on to say that her tantrums are going to lead to a mental disorder one day. wtf? Direct quote: "It's not normal that she can't handle stress."
What TWO YEAR OLD can handle "stress"?? Her tantrums are completely normal, IMO. Jade had similar tantrums and I remember one day her throwing about 10 tantrums. And she's a very normal 5 yr old.
So what say you? Are her tantrums "normal"?