How to leave the park w/o a temper tantrum

Lisa - posted on 07/17/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi all. My 2 1/2 year old son is really good most of the time, especially considering his age. However, whenever we go to the park, he has a full blown temper tantrum every time we leave. I started warning him at 5 minutes that will be leaving the park soon thinking it would help if it wasn't a surprise, but it still doesn't help. The last time we went, I had to chase him around the slide when it was time to go and he kicked an screamed for about 5 minutes afterwards. I like to take him to the park because he has so much fun, but leaving is such a nightmare, it makes me not want to take him. HELP!! :)

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Nancy - posted on 07/17/2010

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I'm right there with you. My daughter's 4 and when it's time to leave some place that she's having a lot of fun, she throws a fit. It doesn't help with the glares from other parents as if they've never had this problem before. I've determined that she's having so much fun she doesn't want it to end. I'm hoping that with time when Mama or Papa say it's time to go, she'll learn it's time to go. Warnings help, but I know that it takes awhile for children to learn that fun times over. Stick to your guns and don't extend the time when he's throwing his temper tantrum. If you have to, pick him up and take away from the park. Try to make the next place your going sound like fun. For example, if you're going home, try telling him it's time to go and find some of his toys to play with. Most kids have no sense of time at that age so instead of giving him a time limit, maybe give him one more thing he can do (one more slide for example) and then it's time to go get some lunch or whatever you're going to do afterward. He'll get the hang of it eventually. It's going to take time, patience, and sticking to your guns. I think the reason we're having a problem now is that when she was 2 we didn't have a lot of places for her to go and play, unfortunately. So, now that we have the time and places, she's wanting to play even more. The other thing is maybe remind him that he'll come back another day. Good luck.

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