Temper tantrum or behavioral disorder???

Deidre - posted on 06/19/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




I know my sweet little boy has entered not the terrible, but the treacherous two's. He is also a newly big brother to his 2 mo old little brother. Yes he is still trying to adjust and we keep him involved with the baby, praise him for all his accomplishments big and small, and yet he still manages to have at least 10 fits a day. The wind blows the wrong way and he screams. I've tried everything, or so I think. Is this normal or do I possibly have a child who is oversensitive therefore needs special attention?


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Deidre - posted on 06/20/2011




Thanks for the input ladies. He definitely has a very extensive vocabulary for a 2 yo which is why I'm surprised he's still having screaming fits b/c he will tell us when he's angry or sad. He is just impossible to calm down some of the time. But yes, I will continue to stay positive and keep him as involved as possible and remember that this too shall pass....until something new arises ;) Thanks again!

Jenni - posted on 06/20/2011




It's probably a mix of the terrible twos and adjusting to a new sibling. I went through the same thing with my son when I had my daughter. It just takes them time to adjust to sharing mommy with another little person. Just keep ignoring his negative behaviour and praising his positive ones. It will pass, it just takes time.

You probably are already keeping him involved with the new LOs daily activities? My son really enjoyed putting his baby doll in his booster seat and pretending to feed her with a bowl and spoon. I'd also give him a 'real' bottle (even though I was nursing) to feed his doll, which he loved! Or I'd let him *try* to put one of my new daughter's diapers on his doll.

Just stay positive and he'll learn to adjust!

Tara - posted on 06/20/2011




I vote normal. My daughter did this kind of thing for a little while after we had her sister (they are now 3 and 20 months). Occasionally, she will still do this, but we just sit down and have her calm down as much as possible. Since your son is only 2, it will be harder for him to express what he is feeling verbally, which is why he is screaming. I've found that with my daughter, the more words she has learned, the easier it is to get her to calm down because she can tell me why she is upset.

Katherine - posted on 06/19/2011




He is definitely still adjusting. He was used to having ALL of the attention and now he feels he has to compete.
I think he just needs to adjust.
I have a two year old and I'm 100% sure she would act the same way.

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