Last Monday was just one of those days. Tom was in a bad mood from the moment he woke up. I don’t know if it was his teeth bothering him (he got his first four molars through all in one go) or if he hadn’t slept well or was just not happy, but all was clearly not right in Tom world.
I know from experience that the worst possible thing to do on a bad mood day is stay inside. We have a very small flat and there is not enough physical space to give us the emotional space to deal with well with negative feelings. If we had stayed in, I would likely have lost my patience and stopped being able to be supportive (my tolerance for whining voices is not very high). So out we headed for a long walk over the Marshes.
Tom, unusually, was initially unsure about walking and insisted on carrying ‘sock’ – a knitted bedsock of mine that he has adopted as a substitute comforter (he’s not allowed his main blankie comforter out of the cot, for fear of losing it). However, the fresh air soon cheered him up and he had a great time pointing out every ‘goggy’ (doggy) we walked past.
The route we took is one that we don’t often walk, but which I had chosen purposefully on this occasion because it takes us past the riding centre’s paddocks and you can see the horses from the path. Tom, like many toddlers, is a real animal lover and there is no better way to cheer him up than to show him a furry, fluffy or hairy friend.
After a good stare at the horses, we headed for home, with Tom in a much better mood. I still wouldn’t say it was the easiest evening we had ever had, but he was a good deal more cheerful than he had been earlier in the day. Fresh air, a bit of exercise, and a few horses. A simple remedy for those bad mood days.
What about you? Any tips to share on how you shake your toddler’s bad moods?