My 4 year old daughters temper tantrums

Ashlee - posted on 04/27/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Putting my child to bed is an absolute nightmare these days. She always slept in her own bed until she was 3, now that's she's turned four it has completely changed. She wants to sleep with us, which at first I didn't mind. She would get up and come get in bed with us and it was fine for awhile. The kid sleeps like a crazy woman. We actually upgraded to a king size just because of how much space this tiny child uses. Tonight as I'm putting her to sleep, I lay her in my bed and let her fall asleep then move her to her bed. Turns out she wasn't all the way asleep...she immediately realizes what we are doing and starts screaming and crying at the top of her lungs like we are trying to hurt her! I still go through with putting her in her bed and she just isn't having it one bit. Screaming, yelling, just throwing the hugest fit...I tried talking with her, I tried reasoning with her, I took her baby away, I turned off her nightlight, I tried bribing her, I finally just closed her door and let her scream it out. I came in here and looked up what may be wrong but I just don't know. She yelled at her door for a good ten minutes and now it sounds like she's in her bed and she is quiet. I just don't wanna have to do this every night....help!

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Sarah - posted on 04/27/2015

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You have to decide where the boundary is and then stick with it. Because you changed the boundary you will get a fight at first until she realizes where the boundary is. You will get less of a fight if you stay firm and consistent. Do not reason or bribe or even talk. You explain it once, allow her to throw the fit with closed doors and each night it will get less and less. 10 mins is really not that long and if you stay with that boundary tomorrow the fit will most likely be even less.

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