My grandpa gave Mary the nickname, Feisty…and boy is it ever true! The more red her hair becomes the hotter her temper has come! It has gotten to a point where I have questioned if her type of extreme tantrums are normal for toddlers her age. Her faces gets red, she screams, hits things or herself. Sometimes her body will even shake if she has so much pent up frustration. I found this article and really found it beneficial.
In the article is says,”Highly sensitive and deep-feeling children seem most inclined to throw extreme tantrums.” So I did a little bit more reading on highly sensitive toddlers and the description really fits Mary. I found in one article that, “A highly sensitive child is often bright, articulate, creative, and insightful, easily able to tune into other people and their feelings. She may display a deep sense of empathy and compassion for other people. Perhaps she is a budding artist, a future novelist.”
So the next time I am at my wits end with Mary’s seemingly extreme tantrums I am going to look at her with the hope that in time her high emotional state will help make her one of the most empathic and compassionate people on the face of the planet!!