“Put Me in the Bath! Put Me in the Bath!” On Children & Rage

Please, don’t let them scream and roll. Teach your child to deal and control.

…/On a rainy winter day …/…when I was two years old, I was taken out in my white fur coat. I became fascinated by a bowl of goldfish in a shop window.

I wanted it passionately and when I was told “No,” I flung myself, white coat and all, into a mud puddle. [My] tantrums worried my parents and on medical advice they tried putting me, fully clothed, into a tepid bath when it happened again.

The next time, I screamed in my rage, “Put me in the bath! Put me in the bath!”

This suggests that at that age I was aware even while in the tantrum that it had to be controlled,
that I needed help.

–Extract with permission from Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton (W.W. Norton & Company)

About emanita01

I am a Franco-american woman who hails from Massachusetts. I live in France near the Swiss border, only minutes away from Geneva. I am a member of the Geneva Writers Group and the Association La Forge, a literary group based in France. I write stories, poems and am currently working on a couple of plays, a one-woman show and actively learning how to perform stand-up comedy.
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