Penny - posted on 06/29/2013
My son is 24 months and he is still throwing tantrums like that and from time to time he bangs his head on the ground. He regrets this straight away because he knows it hurts but in the heat of the moment ge cant control his emotions. I ignore his tantrums and I talk to him after he's calmed down. I know its just a phase and he will grow out of it because I already see that his tantrums aren't as regular as they used to be because he knows hes not gonna get any attention with that racket. Fun times ahead :-).
Ev - posted on 06/29/2013
At 18 months old they are still babies. They are still learning the world about them and also how to communicate.
Communication for an 18 month old is not mostly words as yet. They do not have the vocabulary needed to express their anger, fear, frustration, excitement, sadness etc. Most of the time they have to act it out such as hitting head on the floor or having a tantrum. You have to watch what they are doing and find the thing that is causing them to do this. They do not yet think like older kids or adults do either. Its more along the lines of I want that now or I need that now. As the adult or parent, if you see what is going on then you can voice the words for them and ask if this is what they want. Show them the item, food, drink, whatever. Use your language skills to teach them how to talk it out. Use the words for that situation too. Once you find the triggers for things, you will better be able to handle the fits he has.
As for not getting his own way when you say no, they learn no very young. Stick to your guns and ignore his tantrum at home or walk away from the public place with him. When I say ignore his fits, I mean active ignoring them because he still needs to be watched. If he starts to bang his head on something you do need to stop that for the sake of any type of injuries. Once he realizes you will not give in to all his whims of wants except those that are a need, he will learn not to ask for it in time. Remember he is still learning.
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