Misbehaving and tantrums

Luciana Do - posted on 12/03/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 2 1/2 year old boy makes me crazy sometimes. He started slapping me or any other people when he is told NO, he also screams really loud to get his way, bang his head on the floor and lastly he throws himself on the floor. I used to slap his hand whenever he beats me but it makes me feel horrible!!! I use time out with him too. He sits on the last step of course he cries and scream. When is time to get him out I explain the reason of the time out and ask him to say he is sorry. Sometimes when I am explaining he starts laughing and is so hard to keep a straight face.... He also takes forever to apologize. I promised myself I am not hitting him anymore but I need some advice of how to deal with his hitting and misbehaving....helpppppp

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Peg - posted on 12/03/2013

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Yes. I had a autistic kid and he did that (not suggesting that he is autistic because I followed with others doing that too). I finally just started scooping him up and wrapping my arms around him to keep him from hurting me with him sitting on my lap and him facing front. I was an extension of the chair to keep in sitting still. When he stopped struggling I would lighten my hold and start to relax until he was sitting with no arms around him. If he was fighting he was held tightly sitting. That would be a way to handle it. Kids don't like to be restrained at all even with a firm hug. He will stop and you will be able to plop in onto your lap and take a wordless sit with him without any real resistance eventually.

Luciana Do - posted on 12/03/2013

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Thanks for the input Peg. Any thoughts about his hitting when told NO? He does that all the time and I have no idea what to do. I do call his attention but he still does it the next time.

Peg - posted on 12/03/2013

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The hitting is a firm NO and time out. The temper tantrums are to totally ignore them. If he does them in public take him out to the car, put him in his seat and again sit there without saying a single word. When he stops and is silent for a couple minutes you can then address him. Remind him that he is not to behave that way again and if he wants something he should tell you or show you. Keep doing that over and over and add that "mommy look". Soon he will know just from your look what will follow.

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