How do you deal with a 15month old tempers?

Kendra - posted on 06/22/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 15 month old son has recently started having tantrums. Sometimes it seems like it's for no reason at all, and other times it's because he's frustrated or tired. I'm just wondering how to cope with the seemly endless temper tantrums that happen for no reason. Do I ignore them? Snuggle him? I'm at a loss... and frankly starting to drive me a bit crazy. I'd appreciate any helpful comments, suggestions, and some support.

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Moni - posted on 06/23/2010

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My daughter is 19 months old and sometimes throws quite the tantrums! I have tried almost everything with her tantrums. What I found was the root cause of many of the upsets was that she was having difficulty communicating her needs. We've used sign language with her for almost a year now and that helped heaps. As she can communicate better now, tantrums have decreased. I also read Happiest Toddler on the Block...what a great book! I've never been a fan of parenting books, but when I read that he considered toddlers little cave people, I had to read it! There are some interesting ideas in there and I've had a lot of success with it. I know there's a video as well and I'm going to make my husband watch it...always worth a shot! HTH.

Kendra - posted on 06/23/2010

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Thank you so much for the reply. Sometimes you need a reminder not to get upset about their tantrums. I'm going to try and teach him "help" because he has a ton of words and understanding. I think that will really help.

Cassie - posted on 06/22/2010

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Hi there, my little girl is now 18 months and has been doing the same thing for a while now. I'm not sure if anyone really has the answer but ideas perhaps I could give :-) I try (I repeat TRY, sometimes it is hard) not to get loud and angry as this seems to work it up even more. She is usually tantruming over having difficulty with doing something (like fitting 20 toys into one little handbag!) so I encourage her to say "help' instead of screaming about it (not sure if yr boy is using his words or not yet if so it makes it a bit easier as you can ignore their screams and praise their words such as 'help') if he is not speaking much this could also be his problem, perhaps he just cant get his message accross, thats what my little girl used to get upset about.
anyway, another erason is that she's tired, gosh her tired tantrums are the worst!! usually I just stop what ever she is doing and just sit for some cuddles or book reading as it seams pointless to try to reaon with or punnish a tired tantrum :-) then there are those 'no reason tantrums' they get me frustrated as I just dont know what the go is! I'm big on distractions - not sure if the proffessionals would agree but if I can distract my child onto a new activity and away from whatever the tantrum was about then that suits me just fine :-)
Her latest is "MINE MINE MINE" not sure how to go about that one :-)

User - posted on 06/22/2010

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i have a 13 month old doing the same thing I can be support but suggestions I have none srry lol

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