Kassandra - posted on 05/17/2012 ( 53 moms have responded )
I have an almost 2 year old and I'm having a horrible time trying to deal with his temper tantrums. Anytime he doesn't get what he wants, he starts screaming and crying. I try time-outs, but I'm chasing after him getting him to go back into time-out. It's exhausting chasing after him for 10 or 20 minutes just so he can stay in time out for one minute. He likes to throw or topple things when he's angry. I've taken to putting him in time out, I'll hold him in my arms while he's screaming and crying, until he settles down enough to sit for one minute. This can go on for ages. I did two things that I told myself I never wanted to do today. 1) I spanked him out of anger (this was after I had been trying to deal with him for 10 minutes and he bit me - not trying to justify it, because I feel horrible about it, just giving background) and 2) put him in his crib and let him be for a couple of minutes. I never wanted to use the crib as a punishment. I don't want to associate his bed with something negative (we have a hard enough time trying to get him to go to sleep - a whole other story). I guess this big ol rant is to see if someone has any suggestions with how to handle a toddler and their tempers. It gets so embarrassing going out with him. If anything doesn't go his way he'll start up in public. To me, that is my hardest issue with disciplining... I'm out of the comfort of my own home. I was thinking, since I don't want to use his crib as a form of discipline, maybe bringing out our playpen, and anytime he as a fit put him in there? Any sort of suggestion would help! Sorry to ramble so much, but this has actually helped me a little bit, getting this all of my chest. So thank you to those of you who took time to read it!