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Mood Swing Whiplash

Is mood swing whiplash a thing? I’m pretty sure it must be because I’ve got it from my daughter.

Seriously, one minute it’s all smiles and laughter, the next it’s all scowls and tantrums. I can’t keep up. She goes from one extreme to the next in an instant, and I’m left standing there confused and scratching my head.

Molly is prone to meltdowns, and while they are hard to deal with, we know what they are. We know she’s having a sensory overload and is struggling to cope. We mostly know what to expect and how best to deal with them. But the mood swings and general tantrums, well, they’re a different ball game altogether! They’ve got a life of their own and take me by surprise every single time.

She’s Usain Bolt going in one direction, and I’m on a loop-the-loop rollercoaster attempting to keep up with her. If by some miracle I do manage to figure out what she wants, she has a complete change of mood and we’re back at square one.

Naively, we think our kids are going to be little angels, don’t we? And they are, mostly, up until the terrible twos anyway. We finally figure out how to handle the terrible twos, and then in stroll the threenager years. Molly is soon to be a fournado and I’m sure, by the name alone, that that’ll bring problems of its own. Well, if my four-year-old niece’s little attitude problem is anything to go by, then I know I have that delight to come!

I’m guessing the mood swing whiplash is going to have to be something I get used to. I might start bribing her with chocolate… Or buying myself big bottles of gin!

Does your child give you mood swing whiplash? How do you cope?


Sam x




  • Jeremy@ThirstyDaddy

    lol. This sounds more like my wife and teenager than it does my six year old. She can get angry at the drop of the hat, but the nice things about her is that she gets over stuff quickly. I’m more afraid of grudges than I am about somebody momentarily aggravated with me! #familyfun

  • endardoo

    I think it’s the suddenness and the vehemence oif it that takes us by surprise. Our girl is 14 now and can still lash out … often we let her express it and she is okay and reasonable then. Can be hard to suck it up, but she is getting better., So it can be a long process but you get there (we hope!) #TriumphantTales

    • Sam

      The change of moods is so sudden I am genuinely dumbfounded most of the time haha. I think letting your 14 year old express it is great, and probably stops her getting to boiling point. Maybe I should take that approach with my three year old. Its worth a try isn’t it. X

  • JakiJellz

    I wish I could tell you it goes away when they get older, but it doesn’t! Mine is five and this still happens regularly! It’s a good job we love them!! Thanks for joining in with #TriumphantTales, hope to see you again next week!

  • twotinyhands

    Not sure I’ve heard of it this phrase before! Mood swing whiplash sounds painful! I’m still in the twos and there are some impressive mood swings that I just have to grit my teeth through. It’s difficult isn’t it!? ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

    • Sam

      It is painful. So so painful. Haha. I don’t know what’s gotten into Molly lately but I can’t keep up. Roll on school in September!

  • Rice Cakes and Raisins

    My little one is like this and often when he’s hungry. I have to keep feeding him after school for about 45 minutes else his death stares will kill me 😀 Thank you for linking up to the #itsok linky!!

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