‘She hit me in the face’: Chezzi Denyer tells of ‘shock’ over meltdown

Grant Denyer’s wife Chezzi has opened up on the shock moment her youngest daughter Sunday had a massive tantrum at school pick-up.

In a chat with author and parenting specialist Maggie Dent on the It’s All True podcast, Chezzi was talking about how to deal with child tantrums when she offered up the anecdote.

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“We covered toddlers, younger children, teens and tantrums, fussy eating tips, social media, fitting in and discipline … plus so much more.”

Chezzi told Maggie Dent about a particularly memorable incident when her toddler Sunday threw a major tantrum in public.

“Sunday is unlike my other daughters, she can give the occasional big tantrum,” Chezzi said.

“BIG tantrum when she doesn’t get her own way.

“For example, the last time she gave me a massive tantrum was at the school and she wouldn’t get back into her car seat after we walked over to pick up the girls.

Chezzi and Grant Denyer have three girls, Sailor, Sunday and Scout. Credit: Instagram/Chezzi Denyer

“She wanted to sit in the driver’s seat because she likes pretending that she’s driving.

“I tried everything. I tried negotiating with her, I tried bribing her, I physically picked her up, carried her around.

“She had a huge tantrum, hit me in the face, screamed really loudly, and I was in shock.

“I think my entire face and chest went bright red because I could see other parents looking over at me.

“She was making such a kerfuffle.”

Grant and Chezzi Denyer with Scout and Sunday. Credit: Instagram/Chezzi Denyer

Chezzi told her daughter if she didn’t get in the car seat, she could “hop out and I’m going to leave you in the carpark”.

“And did it make any difference?” Maggie asked.

“Well, then she started kind of crying and said, ‘don’t leave me, Mummy’ and then I felt really awful.”

Maggie said Sunday sounded like a “rooster with an orchid tendency.”

‘Rooster-orchid’ child

A “rooster-orchid” child, according to the author, is a personality type that combines energy, confidence and the desire to be centre stage with vulnerability and inner turmoil.

“You will know if you have a rooster-orchid little girl in your home mainly by the intensity of her distress in highly emotional times,” she writes about this personality type on her website.

“When such a little girl is distressed, she may have significant tantrums and or meltdowns that can last up to an hour, or more sometimes.

“I have known of some little girls who can have long meltdowns over very small things and it can be really confusing and frustrating for their parents to work out how to help them.”

Author and parenting specialist Maggie Dent. Credit: Instagram/@maggiedentauthor

In the podcast, Maggie noted that Sunday had two older siblings – sisters Sailor and Scout – so she was in a “hurry to grow up”.

Many of Chezzi’s followers related to the incident, describing their own “tanty” incidents with their kids.

“My youngest was the same – mad tantrum thrower – he was nicknamed the ‘tantrum bandit’ because you never knew when, where, why and for how long,” one follower wrote.

“And because I had three kids super close in age, the other two always just gave him whatever he wanted so that he didn’t cry because they didn’t like it!

“Suffice to say he is the most sensitive beautiful kind little 10-year-old going round. Still determined but in all the right situations.”

Grant and Chezzi with their children Sailor, Scout and Sunday. Credit: Instagram

“My son who is 3 is the same,” wrote another.

“He is also the youngest of 3 and the most caring and sweetest thing but wild and very strong willed and determined.

“I have heard the 3rd is a challenge.”

‘This too will pass’

Others offered words of encouragement.

“You sound like a great mum to me Chezzi,” one fan wrote.

“Chin up sweetheart and as they say, this too will pass.”

One mum assured Chezzi that her tanty-throwing daughter eventually grew out of it.

“(She) was the biggest tantrum thrower. They stopped at 5 after an enormous one and she’s been a delight ever since,” she wrote.

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