2 Year old gone wild and emotional

Carrie - posted on 04/14/2016 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone i just wanted to reach out to some others moms because i am having a really hard time with my handsome 23 month old Grayson. I did have another baby when he was 15 months so i can understand him wanting my attention more, however these last couple of months have been out of control!!! No matter what i do most of the time he just wants to be up under me and if i try to leave him he screams and cries. Another thing is he cries and screams/fuss about everything if he cant reach his cup he cries if he drops his toy he cries, he does not want to go to bed at night but when i try to get him up in the morning hes grumpy and falls out. getting him dressed is a nightmare he fights the whole process not to mention the car ride is a mess if the sun is in his eyes he screams like a little monster!! Im just wanting the comfort to know there are other mothers going through this!! I want my nice happy Grayson back

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Jamilah - posted on 04/14/2016

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Im sort of going through the same thing with my daughter Noora! she was 15 months old as well when had my son in January. I just try my best to make some special time for just me and her during the day.

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Sarah - posted on 04/14/2016

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To help his communication you can try some basic signs. We used; stop, more, no, all done, share, hungry and thirsty. Another thing to consider, is he getting enough sleep? At about 2, he needs a full night and two naps. One short mornings nap and a longer afternoon nap.

Carrie - posted on 04/14/2016

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Thank you so much for responding!! His speech is coming along he knows the basics so you are right i didnt think about how frustrating it must be to not be able to express himself.

Dove - posted on 04/14/2016

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How is his speech? A lot of tantrums are caused by a child not having the words to communicate their feelings... and a lot of tantrums are also caused by a young child having powerful feelings that they either can't understand, can't control, or both.

He is fully discovering that he is a separate person from you and has his own ideas about how the world 'should' work... but those ideas are often not the way reality works... which causes him to lash out in frustration. Calmly acknowledging that frustration and offering assistance (if he can't reach his cup... he can ask you for it or get a stool to climb on to reach it himself) can help curb some of the tantrums.

It's a phase. An extremely frustrating phase for both of you... but perfectly normal. Giving him the words that he needs to express himself can help... and a lot of time, maturity, and patience.

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