My 3 year old son cries over EVERYTHING!

Brandi - posted on 08/08/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old son Nicholas literally cries over everything. I have no idea how to make him stop. If he wants something that he knows very well that he can't have, and I tell him no, he will sit there and SCREAM for a long time! Or if its 10 minutes before dinner and he asks for a pop tart and I say no, he will throw himself on the floor and start kicking and screaming. The other day he was watching TV and the show he was watching ended and that was the biggest fit I've ever seen him make. He just screamed at the top of his lungs, threw himself on the floor started screaming and crying and kicking his feet and arms and its just so bad. He is old enough to know better than to do that. If nick wants something and I say no he will keep asking and asking and asking and asking and asking! For 15 minutes straight! I have no idea what to do or how to make him stop. His 2 year old brother Noah will sometimes take his toy away from him (he knows he's not supposed to but he thinks its funny and only does it when I'm not looking) and nick will scream like someone just broke his leg.... Noah will only throw fits if he wants to go bye bye and I say no....everything else he's fine with. When Nicholas gets in trouble and I'm telling him what he did wrong, he will just SCREAM and be like "OWWWW KNEE HURTS" or he will say arm hurts, or eye hurts, or sometimes he just says ow hurts. Every single time. And idk how to make him stop throwing such bad fits over nothing. Every single time I say no to him he just cries and cries. Its just so bad I'm going insane. It stresses me out so much!!!! Like i just dont know what to do anymore! More than half the day he's screaming over nothing. For absolutely no reason!! Please help me! I've tried everything!

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Brandi - posted on 08/19/2015

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Sorry for the late reply, but yeah hes around other kids often and he acts worse when other kids are around....when he's alone, he's an ANGEL! he doesn't do anything bad at all when he's alone. Yes I've tried to ignore him, but its just so often he screams for no reason its hard to ignore it... I always have a headache. Daddy works 10 hours a day 6 days a week. Its so tiring for me. And sometimes I will put him in his room. But he will scream for longer. And he will scream louder....

Dove - posted on 08/08/2015

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He is having emotions too strong for him to handle. It is likely just as scary for him as it is frustrating for you. Time and maturity will help a lot, but... unfortunately, that takes time. When he is freaking out... send him to calm down on his bed. If he won't go... you calmly walk him there and tell him to throw his fit there. If he is still screaming after 10-15 minutes you can try seeing if he will let you hold him to calm down... that helps some kids, but angers others.

That is what I had to do w/ my massive fit throwing son (at 5 years old he once threw a fit and tried to run away consistently for 45 minutes because I told him we were going to the store tomorrow... instead of today. He was going to take HIMSELF to the store).

He was diagnosed w/ anxiety and depression at 5.5 years old and at 6 years old went to counseling for 6 months because he wouldn't quit hurting himself or his big sisters when he would go into a rage... He is 7 now and we still have our moments, but no more long rages and no more hurting people.

Aarika - posted on 08/08/2015

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Have you tried ignoring him during his fits? Just walk away like you don't hear him? His telling you something hurts almost like he's trying to detract you from what your doing. When he started doing that it's your first thought to check it out and kiss it better. He's figured that out and playing it. I don't really know your child to say, is he around other children other than brother?

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