No, my daughter isn’t into heavy metal.
At least, not yet.
But what she is into is banging her head on whatever convenient hard surface is nearest her when she gets angry or frustrated.
Here’s how the scenario plays out:
1) The Munchkinette doesn’t get something that she wants, whether it be a toy or to remain in my lap or a gazillion other things that upset her.
2) She proceeds to cry very loudly.
3) I don’t really pay any attention to her.
4) That of course, makes her even more angry.
6) She will then bend over from the waist and begin hitting her head on the hardest, most painful surface that is nearest her. This ranges anywhere from concrete to tile to marble to drywall.
7) She then hurts her head.
8 ) She then starts crying even louder because her head also hurts, not to mention that thing she is still angry about although she’s probably sort of forgotten what it was at this point. But she’s STILL MAD.
9) Looks to me for sympathy.
10) Sees me shake my head and tell her that if she didn’t hit her head, it wouldn’t hurt.
11) STILL MAD.
12) Continues crying until distracted by something else.
This occurs almost every day, sometimes multiple times a day.
Her brother never pulled anything remotely like this. Usually if I told him to stop doing something or that he couldn’t have something, he would whine and move on. No throwing himself to the ground, no screaming. He really only had a few tantrums, and those were over relatively quickly.
My daughter, though, is an entirely different story.
I’m beginning to think that my daughter, as much as I love her, isn’t very bright.