horrendous temper tantrums

Rachel Beth - posted on 01/30/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 15 month old is apparently the master at throwing awful temper tantrums. It has gotten to the point where every time she doesn't get her way she throws herself down on the floor kicking and screaming. She Bounces her head off things and throws things. Im due with her brother any day and I'm trying extremely hard to get the situation under control. It doesn't matter where we are my 15 month old will throw a fit if not given her way. Even over something as small as taking something away from her or simply telling her no. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I know kids are gonna throw fits but this happens to the extreme at least 20 times a day or more. I've tried many things and nothing seems to work.

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Michelle - posted on 01/31/2015

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Well swatting her butt isn't going to calm her down and putting her in her crib can make her associate bedtime with being upset.
You need to be consistent with what you try, don't chop and change otherwise you confuse her.
I found that getting to their level, holding their hands and talking calmly helped with my kids. The quieter you talk the more they have to stop crying to hear you. Keep reassuring her that she needs to calm down and use her words, you don't understand what she wants when she's crying. The main thing is to keep very calm. Let her know that if she doesn't stop crying then you will walk away for a bit and come back when she's ready to talk to you.
It's very tiring but worth it in the end. It got to the stage where I just had to look at my children and tell then to talk to me and that would stop the tantrum from escalating.

Rachel Beth - posted on 01/31/2015

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Ive tried just letting her scream it out and ignoring her, putting her in her crib thinking she will calm down in a little bit, no she screams until she starts coughing and gagging and then I go get her out so she doesn't throw up. I've tried swatting her butt. Telling her no that she needs to calm down. Making her set on my lap and bear hugging her so she can't hit me. Trying to distract her from the fact that she's mad.....nothing works

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