This year we didn't really fall into the Valentine's day trap of overpriced flowers and chocolates. Fact of the matter is, our little boy went into a full blown tantrum this afternoon when we picked him up from daycare. He insisted on going out to eat as we sometimes do when we're too tired too cook. We didn't have plans on going out as we wanted to go straight home. He didn't quite like it and didn't want to take no for an answer. All the way home he was bawling his eyes out and kicking his legs against the back of the front seat. He was screaming and carrying on and when we reached home, I had to carry him to force him out of the car.
It took a good while before he got to calm down again but not without a lot of raised voices and threats of putting him into the "naughty" corner. In the end, we got him to quiet down after we explained that we couldn't go out to eat all the time. He said his apologies to me, his mom and his sister for spoiling what was otherwise a calm Valentine's day for us. A few minutes later, he was all smiling and laughing as he played with his sister and had himself a cookie or three. Now, he's happily snoring away in dreamland.
He doesn't do tantrums very often but when he does, it's a real doozy.