User - posted on 08/18/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
Any suggestions on how to deal with my 20 month old frustration tantrums? He's been scratching me and pulling my hair everytime he doesn't get his way or doesn't want to do what needs to be done. It goes for everything, from nappy changes to feeding, you name it! He is not very vocal yet and cannot explain how he feels of what he wants. I do understand that when they get older you can ask them to use words instead of physicality, but it doesn't help right now. I tried saying No firmly, show that I am hurt or upset at his scratching and even tried light hand smacking to see if that would discourage him, all to no avail. I tried to time-out and it doesn't work either as he doesn't understand the concept and gets even angrier when I try to hold him down or get him to stay in one spot! I love my little angel but this is kind of taking its toll on me. Any help on how you dealt with this situation would be much appreciated. By the way, he only does that to daddy and me, not to others.