My 5 year old son has terrible tantrums

Natasha - posted on 03/25/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi my son is 5 years old, he's at a stage where he wants a lot of attention by doing things wrong and crying over everything. Its like he wants me to fight with him all the time & if he doesn't get his way he starts kicking & hitting everything around him. I've tried to ignore his behaviour but then it gets worse. He fights a lot with his 2 year old sister aswell. He'll grab stuff out of her hands or hit her. I've got no idea how to handle it.

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Heather - posted on 03/27/2011

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Frankly, Natasha, I'd have two conversations -- first with your son's pediatrician, and then with a psychologist trained to deal with children. These sound like very serious concerns to me. The wanting YOU to fight with him all the time seems quite odd.
My 9yo is seeing a psychologist for PTSD now. His PTSD manifests itself by him taking tantrums that look like they belong with 2- or 3yo behavior in certain situations. The psychologist has been very good about figuring out what's wrong and helping him start to recognize his own behaviour.
Good luck; I'll be praying for you.

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