Friday, July 29, 2011

Freak out spectacular!

I have taken Eva and Scarlett to San Clemente for the weekend.
Eva freaked out on the plane.
She has been on a plane 10 times before this.  It is not new for her.
I was not prepared for the freak out.  I was also holding Scarlett so I could not hold Eva which I know would have totally diffused the situation.
Eva screamed and cried for 25 minutes and would not sit in her seat.
Not only was I completely embarrassed I had no idea what to do about it.

At home Eva has her fits in her room and comes out when she is done so on the plane I had had enough and shut down and ignored her.  I told her when she was ready I would talk to her.  This did not work and realize it was probably not the best way to deal with it but again I was totally unprepared and felt helpless.

The only things I am proud about is that I refused to bribe her.  I want her to behave because it is the right thing to do not because she is going to get a reward and I did not use the bink.  Phew.  It was tough.

It took me a good 3 hours to get over it and not be mad.  Eva was over it as soon as she was off the plane.

Of course I texted my sister to ask her how I should have handled it.
I got some good advice and feel more prepared for the future.
Although I am going to take the Love and Logic parenting class because let's be honest, I don't know how to be a parent.  It's all new to me.

I did not recognize this little angel at all today and it was scary.
Scarlett was perfect.


sinika said...

Oh no! That's the worst!

Elliott did the same thing a couple years ago on takeoff. He's been on planes since he was little, but this time he was sitting with Adam's parents across the aisle so there was nothing I could do. I hate feeling helpless. I think we all learn as we go.

B and Jessica said...

I hate moments like that. It takes me a long time to get over them too. I've been making Edmond apologize to me after he throws a fit. I tell him it makes me feel better. It actually really does make me feel better.

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