What do you do to curb meltdowns?

Carrie - posted on 08/25/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have two girls, 4 and 6. My oldest is 6 going on 16, all attitude. My question is what do you do when your kids have meltdowns when they don't get their way? Timeouts, spanking and yelling does not work. She won't even give you time to explain why she's not getting her way before she has a meltdown and starts yelling and having a fit.

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Carolyn - posted on 08/21/2012

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Ditto for Harvey Karp, his books are great! I'd also go nanny-911 style, and take stuff away. Make her earn back her coveted belongings with good behavior. You could even put up a chart in the kitchen and mark off each day that she reaches a goal. For example, X number of hours without a melt down earns her back an item. Earning things back is better than a reward system, we're learning the hard way, because with our son it caused him to expect bribes for good behavior.

Sandy - posted on 10/28/2010

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Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp...I know your kids are a little older, but his technique will work on ANYONE ( I use it on my husband, hehe) If you don't have time to read, get the video on Netflix! It works. It has ended the yelling and the yucky feeling that brings. Hope this helps.

Cj - posted on 10/23/2010

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If my three year-old has a melt down, I tell her that I don't want to hear it. If she wants to cry about it, she can go to her room until she calms down.

Jill - posted on 08/25/2010

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i take stuff away from them and i also walk away until they calm down.. that is for my 5 and 8 yr old...now my 2 yr old is a different story

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