Kristen - posted on 12/16/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )
I am at my wits end trying to deal with my little guy. He turned 2 in September. I know tantrums are supposed to not be such a surprise with 2 year olds, but he is far beyond that. The biggest issue that has me and my husband seeing red is the screaming. Not a whining/fussing at home, but everywhere we go when he doesn't get what he wants, he shrieks and screams at the top of his lungs for several minutes at least. On top of it being embarassing, its a safety issue in my opinion for him to scream bloody murder because he's not allowed to run off. To make it even better, he has gotten into this frame of mind that he can hit/kick/slap me. I have no idea where that behavior came from and he isn't in daycare or anything - strictly me and my husband up until a couple weeks ago when he went to a babysitter's for 4 hours/day and she reports him being very well behaved, no tantrums, and gets along well with her and her son.
We've been doing anything we can think of - time outs (he starts kicking me and screaming louder), getting down to his level and speaking firmly telling him that its not ok to act that way and he needs to use his words, distracting him, putting him in his room, tapping him on the mouth with the back of our hand to get his attention, ignoring it....but I am at the end of my rope. Nothing is working and I'm really concerned about this leading to behavior problems when he gets older. Help!