My son has a very bad temper

Amber - posted on 04/26/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son has a very bad temper. he is always throwing temper tantrums. need some advice to get him over that.

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Amanda - posted on 04/27/2009

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My son throws some tantrums at times like getting him in his car seat or restraining him in the stroller. He is very independent. I think it's just the age really. Let me know if you find something that works.

Amber - posted on 04/27/2009

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well mostly the tantrums was when i was bringing him home from my sisters house and she lives 40 minutes away from me. so he would fall asleep when i would be driving. now he goes to daycare which is right down the street from me. there are sometimes when he wakes up on his own from naps and is just miserable. and other times he doesn't take naps. he takes naps at daycare between 1 to 3. but when i pick him up he is ok.

Emily - posted on 04/27/2009

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Sounds par for the course. Two year olds are generally preverbal and they don't understand their emotions. It is so complex they can't put it into words. Help him out by showing empathy. Like Kate said, give the emotion a name. Let him know you understand the frustration. Redirect and show him gentle ways to treat his possessions. Do not lose your cool. Sometimes it helps to stay silent for that reason plus you can't reason with a tantruming two year old. Don't give in to the tantrum. Trust me- because he has tantrums it doesn't mean he's headed toward anger managment in the near future.

Kate CP - posted on 04/27/2009

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I forgot to ask: why are you waking him up from naps? Why not just let him sleep?

Kate CP - posted on 04/27/2009

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Sounds like he's over-tired. It's hard with a small child who isn't very verbal. The reason they throw fits like that is because they can't communicate and it frustrates them. Acknowledge his emotion when he gets angry: "I know you're angry. But I can't understand you when you are screaming." He also needs to have consequences to his actions. If he feels he must throw a fit he has to do it in his room. If you have to put up a baby gate or lock the door to keep him in there that's fine. Set a timer for 2 minutes and give him a time out. This will also give YOU a chance to catch your breath and deal with the issue without losing your mind. :)

Amber - posted on 04/27/2009

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my son is 2 years old. alot of times he has his temper tantrums when ever i wake him up from a nap. now its been with everything throwing toys, if his show isnt on and a commerical comes on he throws stuff. im not sure what time it happens mostly i think anytime of the day. my response when he throws a tantrum i just ignore him. kicks and screams throws himself on the floor.

Kate CP - posted on 04/26/2009

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Well first off, how old is he? When does he have the most problems? Does it seem to happen around the same time every day? Once a week? Over certain issues like snacks, toys, etc? What's your response when he does throw a tantrum? How verbal is he?

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