Help! Not sure what to do about a misbehaving 1 1/2 year old!

Terrill - posted on 02/14/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )




My son seems to be more unhappy than he is happy these days and he tends to act out ALOT! I know some of the reason is because I have a 9 week old and he is vying for attention but even when she is asleep or we spend the day doting on him he is a bit of a nightmare! We have tried instigating the timeout discipline but I think he may be too young yet to realise why he has to sit there. We really don't know what else to do! He screams anytime he doesn't get his way, it is embarrassing taking him out as he throws massive screaming fits when we try to put him back in his stroller, he is constantly doing things that he knows he is not suppose to do we discipline him in such a way that he understands and we don't feel guilty?! Any help/advise would be wonderful:)


Louise - posted on 02/14/2011




He is a little to young for the naughty step but you could place him in a play pen to calm down. At this age he has two thing going on one is the arrival of a sibling and the other is his body wont let him do what his mind wants him to do. The acting up is out of pure frustration. All I can recommend is to try and ignore the screaming fits as much as possible as any reaction from you is empowering him. I know this is difficult especially when you are out but it is the only way. Do not give him eye contact or tell him off put him in the buggy and ignore him completly until he has stopped. You are doing the right thing by trying to give him one to one time but do not spoil him. Let him see you reading him a story or singing nursery rhymes to him as a treat. Giving a child your time without interuptions is priceless to them. If you teach him that having a paddy will only get him removed from the room and put in a play pen then he should teach himself to stop. After all there is no point screaming the place down if nobody is listening. On the other hand when he does something good overly praise him with lots of smiles and hugs. Within 6 months you will have a little chappy who is happy and smiling again as he will be able to do so much more like run and jump and climb. It is just a phase so don't get down hearted they all go through it!

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