Gigi - posted on 10/29/2008
i agree that the time out is SPECTACULAR idea. My daughter recently threw one on me in walmart, omg, she was screaming and everyone was looking. I was trying to walk with her and she was throwing herself on the ground. So, still keeping an eye on her i walked away a little bit, she looked up and watched me walking away. She got up and ran after me still screaming, i picked her up and put her on the bench, i said, you will calm down now, or you will go back to the car and go home. she stopped. Now the time outs, Go to the dollar store in your area and get a timer. for 18 months they have to sit for one minute, the older they get the more minutes you add. if he starts throwing a temper tantrum like his truck falling over, show him what to do, if he doesnt listen, find a little chair or step and set him on it, it takes consistancy. set the timer, tell them you can get up when you stop crying and screaming. if they are still screaming and crying, you set the timer again. tell them, until you stop you will not get up. make sure you get down to their level and look them in the eye, and speak, DONT YELL. this really works. if you ignore it when they do this that works too. I hope i have helped.
Kerri - posted on 10/29/2008
Have you tried learning and teaching a little sign language? It helps the child communicate before he can verbalize. I recommend www.signingtime.com and ordering a couple of DVDs. I have the regular volumes, but I believe there are new ones for babies. The DVDs are very appealing to little ones -- lots of music and color.
Does he have a stuffed animal or blanket that he likes? Do you give that to him on the toddler bed? It might allow him to focus on something positive, thereby forgetting whatever caused the tantrum.
Hope this helps!
Dawn-Marie - posted on 10/29/2008
I agree with the communication problem, cause that's sometimes what sets it off, but he'll even throw one when his truck falls over or gets stuck!! His Dr said it was normal for kids his age that can't talk....
In regards to putting him in a crib....My son hasn't been in a crib since just before he was 15 months!! He has a toddler bed, and when I put him on his bed for a time out I close his door and he just gets off his bed and bangs and bangs on his door! (he's almost able to turn the knob and get out himself!)
So there is my dilema :( I'm kind of stuck for ideas
Thanks for the replies :)
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