Throwing a tantrum when dressing for a Ceremony, “Mummy, I don't like it!!”
I have a 2-year old daughter called Amanda who has a sunny playful nature but who also knows exactly what she wants.
On Sunday the whole family attended my nephew’s Communion so a few days before the ceremony I went for a stroll through the shops to find a new dress for her. I found a lovely children's clothing store and I fell in love with a beautiful little red dress with white flowers. Perfect for her cousin's Communion, I thought.
As things turned out, I didn't get a chance to show Amanda her dress until the Sunday so when it was time to get dressed I pulled out the dress.
When she saw it, Amanda's face dropped. So I asked her what was wrong. She crossed her arms and said, “I don't like it”. I laughed and tried to convince her that the red dress was lovely, but Amanda simply said that she wasn't going to wear that dress. Then, in a shrill little voice she said, the colour is ugly and the skirt is a nuisance " (without even trying it on !!).
I tried to get her to change her mind, but with no luck. “Oh come on Amanda, the dress is beautiful! You'll look like a little princess!” I tried to say. But it was no good at all, all I got was a huge tantrum and grunts of disapproval. Worst of all we were going to be late for the ceremony. I tried to force the dress on her, but Amanda threw herself on the floor and started kicking. So I decided to give in.
In the end, we opened up her wardrobe and my daughter pointed to a white blouse and a blue skirt, which were actually quite sweet together. Fortunately, she liked yellow cardigan I suggested and put it on without a word.
Not happy, she wanted lipstick (but had content herself with a little lip ice) and a bracelet. She then pulled out her yellow mini-handbag (that she left in the car) and finally we left for the ceremony. Everything went very well and Amanda was happy.
It was to say the least challenging; despite being so little, my daughter knows exactly what she wants.
I must admit she can be a little ball of fire ... and now I know one thing for sure: she doesn't like red dresses!