does anyone else have a 7 year old that still pitches tempertantrums?
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Heather - posted on 03/18/2010
My daughter is almost 11. She is very smart, but often acts like a 2 year old! We have tried everything. With her, one thing will work one time, but the next it won't work. She also has absence seizures, so I don't know if that has anything to do with it or not. She just seems to be very emotional....I get tired of her screaming from her room for 1/2 an hour at a time! Just hang in there. Ignoring does nothing in our house. Neither does trying to calm her down or talk....
Heather - posted on 02/22/2010
My 9 year old still has them. They usually occur when she's tired, hungry or over stimulated so I take her up to her room and sit with her till the tanrum subsides then we talk about what's causing it. Gifted children often don't develop at the same rate emotionally as they do intellectually so they're emotions may be a few years behind their peers.
The best advice I was given was to watch for the signs that a tantrum is going to happen and help them calm themselves down before you reach the point of no return. Doing that has helped her recognize the times she needs to be alone to calm down - she's the only kid in her school who sends herself to the hallway, lol. Her teachers know that if she says "I need to go sit in the hall" to let her, otherwise she just turns into a blubbering mess.
Kerstin - posted on 02/14/2010
I can contest to what Charra Duran posted. Our 6-year-old, as well, extremely smart, thought he could throw himself on the floor at his age! We ignored it. As hard as it may sound, but it is the only message the Kids should get. At six or seven years old, they can talk and do not need anymore tempertundrams.
Charra - posted on 02/11/2010
I have a home daycare, and have helped 2 kids stop their tantrums but simply telling them " That doesnt work here" and walk away. You might be surprised how soon they get up, and over it. I have a little boy who would get up walk back to where I would see him, throw himself back on the floor, and try again...several times.I just ignored him compleatly, and walked away, it only took a couple of weeks till he got the message. He is stll in my care and i havnt seen him do it since.. Good lluck=)