Jenny - posted on 05/23/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
My 3 year old son almost always wakes up from an afternoon nap super cranky. Sometimes it can take 30 minutes to calm him down. He doesn't want me to hold him and he won't explain what it is that he wants. He just wakes up and goes into full out screaming and crying. This happens 9 times out of 10. He is developmentally behind and is still learning how to use his words, but these tantrums are so much more than that because I know he knows how to at least show me what he wants-he just refuses to do so. Any advice on how to stop these tantrums from happening or at least shorten their duration would be greatly appreciated. So far the only things I have tried are letting him cry it out and putting him in a 5 minute time out. So far these two things have only worked about 25% of the time.