My mother-in-law has been staying with us for the past couple of days. My 2-year-old loves when she comes because she’s fun and she brings lots of candy and sugar.
Everything has been fine up until this evening when he asked me for some marshmallows Grandma left on the table. I mentioned eating too much sugar might hurt his tummy and offered either raspberries or almonds instead (other snacks he enjoys). He quickly lost control of his emotions and started a tantrum that lasted about 20 minutes which is very unusual for him.
After he calmed down he was still pretty touchy until he had another tantrum right before bed that lasted about 30 minutes. We have a long-standing rule that when he takes a bath, the water has to stay in the bath. If he splashes the water out of the bath, he has to get out. He continued to splash and ignore my warnings so I made him get out which caused the tantrum.
I could tell grandma felt like I was being too strict. Maybe I am, but I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary and yet he had two unusually major tantrums. I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that we have someone visiting. Is it normal for kids to act out more than usual when you have visitors like grandparents? If so, what can be done to prevent issues like this? Thanks in advance.