2 year old acting up

Allison - posted on 08/03/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )




Hey there. So my almost 2 year old has started acting up. We just had a problem while we were out at Walmart today. I asked her three times to put the toy down and let's go she didn't so I took the toy away picked her up and then she screamed bloody murder and kicked me until a Walmart employee came and asked if there was a problem... I was so embarrassed. My fiancé (her dad) was able to calm her down until we finished paying and left. Any advice on how to stop the screaming and tantrums?!


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Dove - posted on 08/03/2015




Time and consistency. She's testing her limits right now to see if mom means what she says... if you stick w/ it she should catch on pretty fast that she can't play you. SOME kids are very stubborn and will still push your buttons even when they know they can't get away from it. Try not to be embarrassed... if any of the people who saw you today were ever parents of a toddler they were probably just thinking to myself 'thank goodness that's not me today'... Hang in there!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/03/2015




Just stick to your guns. She's pushing boundaries, which is normal.
My kids each had one meltdown episode in the market. Both times, I left my cart, removed my child, and told them that they would not be allowed to return to market with me unless they could listen and behave properly in public. Yes, both times I was the object of scrutiny from other customers and store employees, but I very stoically kept on. Both times, my children calmed (almost) instantly once removed from the store, and we were able to go back and finish our marketing.
My response to the employee would have been "No problem, but thanks for asking. We're working on listening and following directions today" and leave it at that.

Jodi - posted on 08/03/2015




Just stick to your guns and keep saying no. Her tantrum was in order to get her way. Make sure you don't give in and be consistent. She will eventually get it that no means no. Don't be embarrassed - this is what toddlers do until they learn that their tantrums will get them nowhere. People understand that.

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