My daughter will be 2 in August, she is very particular. She has a very short fuse, anyone in my boat?

Kristina - posted on 04/25/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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First, let me paint a picture of Samantha (our 20 month old). She will put a pair of shoes or socks on and then want to take them off immediately. If she can't get them off, she throws a tantrum (screams, hits, throws herself on the floor, and hits herself.) She does know what time out is and if we pop her on the behind she knows she is in trouble, but how to I get it to stop? I am praying all the time for patience and understanding. When she is happy (which is rare) she can light up a room, but when she is mad, RUN and hide!! I started letting her get the tantrum out and after she gets out her frusturation, I show her how to do whatever it is got upset about. I just don't want her to hurt herself or her 4 year old sister. Any ideas???



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Kristina - posted on 04/26/2012

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Thnak you so much Jennifer, you lifted my spirits today and my day is just beginning... I actually think I may have that book, I do need to read more, but your advice was extremely helpful. Thank you for reaching out and sharing with me and I hope you have a blessed week :)



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Jennifer - posted on 04/26/2012

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Oh Kristy! Hugs! I hear you! Have you seen the book "Raising the Spirited Child"? I don't often recommend things, but this book has made a HUGE difference. It sounds like Samantha is easily frustrated. Mine daughter is too. Hang in there. Point out what she can do now that was hard for her a month or so ago. That will help her see she is making progress. Is she sensitive to textures, temperature, smells, sounds? My child has mild sensory issues. Some kids dislike sensory input and others seek it. There are techniques to help with both of these. Does she have a "safe place" for tantrums? We do that, or, if she is out of control, I sit with her until she calms down. Her tantrums sound like "spillover tantrums" - their bodies simply cannot handle the feelings they are having. It sounds like you are on the right track. Keep praying and taking deep breaths. Remember, none of us are perfect, so don't beat yourself up if you get frustrated. Just start again. I have to on a daily, or even hourly basis sometimes. Hang in there and seriously, check out that book. Also, know - you are not alone.

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