I want to talk to you about the torture cry.
The torture cry is just that. Torturous. There is usually no warning, sometimes the torture cry just happens out of the blue and BAM one stroppy, screaming two year old. Who knows what really sets it off, but it can be anything from not getting his own way to being tired or just wanting to push Mummy and Daddy's buttons but one thing is for sure when it starts it's a mission to stop it! When Alfie starts the torture cry he knows exactly what he's doing and what he's wanting to achieve it's just a shame Mummy and Daddy are never quite so sure!
I had the torture cry this morning, not only the torture cry but a naked protest, thankfully not a dirty one!
The morning started off well, cuddles in bed watching a little bit of TV before heading downstairs for brekkie, Alfie was happily playing with his trains when within seconds clothes were suddenly being taken off and thrown across the kitchen and that cry, or should I say wail started, the devil horns emerged and I was presented with a naked and whinging. Having no idea what prompted this episode of torture I unsuccessfully tried to reason with tantrumming child but to no avail!
Torture cry then evolved into the naked protest being taken to the sofa and several minutes of wailing and screaming ensued and various cushions and toys being thrown.
Mummy: 'Alfie what's the matter?'
Alfie: 'Wahhhhhhhh wahhhhhh,sob sob'
Mummy: 'Can I put your clothes back on please?'
Alfie: 'No Mummy, go away Mummy, bad Mummy, wahhhhhhh!'
Clearly this was meant to test my patience and push my buttons!
I tried every trick in the book to get said toddler out of torture mode but nothing at all was going to work, TV NO, snacks NO, going to the slide, NO, colouring, NO........ so that would be me rocking in the corner in that case!
In actual fact I can deal with this type of crying a whole lot better than my husband, I can ignore it to a degree which seems to be the best method but for my husband this type of crying really can push him over the edge, which is surprising really as I'm not the most patient person in our relationship! Of course it is truly difficult to snap a tantrumming toddler out of it and seeing as Alfie is well into the terrible two's we have kind of grown used to him switching moods quite quickly. I'm curious to know does the terrible two's stop when he reaches three? Does it?? Does it?? Someone enlighten me!
Reasoning just does not seem to have any effect when Alfie is in full blown torture cry, tantrum mode I find that just letting him get it out of his system seems to be the best method and as quickly as he starts with a tantrum he can snap out of it and be back to normal, I would love to know what goes on in a toddler's mind!
There are many types of cry that a toddler can perform, they really are clever little things and know exactly what they're doing, I just wish I knew how to understand the logic behind it! The torture cry is very different to a tired cry or a hungry cry, for example the torture cry is more like a wail, I can liken it to an alarm that you just keep hearing constantly and it won't stop, I truly think it should be recorded and used for interrogation purposes, I'm sure Alfie would happily oblige and if it was used on my I would most certainly crack after a while!
The naked protest along with the torture crying is a new one on me though, not entirely sure what that was meant to achieve and up to this point in the day I have still not been allowed to put his pants and trousers on, so I have a half dressed child but he is happy at the moment so who am I to argue!
Who else understands what I'm saying. The torture cry, it's a toughie right?