How to curb temper tantrums in school aged kids

Sara - posted on 07/31/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My daughter is 6 years old and is still throwing temper tantrums like a 2 year old. She can throw a fit over the smallest things. Looking at her behavior it is not normal for a 6 year old. She whines, screams, cries.. and is sometimes even violent. She kicks walls, throws things and on occasion is violent towards me. I work full time, have another 1 year old that demands alot of my attention and I am in school. I originally thought that she may just be desperate for my attention, so I started doing more things with her and giving her the attention I thought she needed. But it seems like the more attention I give her, the worse the tantrums get. I've tried ignoring her, putting her in time out, and even spanking, but nothing seems to work. I've seen these tantrums last upwards of an hour. I'm at my whit's end and not sure what to do. ANY advice would be appreciated...

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Kristin - posted on 07/31/2012

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I would take her to a doctor, it sounds like she may be ADHD and have some behavior issues. My son who is now 6 used to do the same thing and he was diagnosed with ADHD and speech delays at age 4. 3 years of speech therapy and behavior classes did wonders, now he rarely has temper tantrums. With my son I learn good behavior has good consequences and bad behavior has bad consequences. When he throws a fit I calmly walk him to his room and hold the dooor until he is done. When he is done we will talk it out and if he made a mess he cleans it, if we had plans to go to the park I cancel them. He now knows mommy always loves him but bad behavior will not be tolerated. If he is good he will get a treat or we will go to the park or a bike ride etc. It is not an easy road but there are a lot of support groups out there just talk to your doctor. The program we used was through my sons school called CHADS plus his teachers and I communicate a lot on ways to improve his behavior. Slowly but surely with consistency structure and discipline it does get better. I hope this helps somewhat.

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