Son is 22 months old and his tantrum is just...

Ashley - posted on 04/01/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Uncontrollable sometimes. Lately he's been getting tantrums that make me just let him ride it out instead of scolding him because if I take something away that he doesn't need to be playing with or if he needs his nap time he gets mad, cries or hits me. Is there anything that I can do to try and control his temper tantrums?

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Amy - posted on 04/02/2013

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I think the reasoning for the tantrum is the first thing that needs to be recognized. For example if it's past nap time or he's hungry then you need to address that because that ultimately is the root cause of the tantrum. If he's just mad because you took something away from him, you can try distracting him with something else if that doesn't work just walk away from him and let him have his tantrum. If he tries to hit you tell him "No hitting", if he continues after you hitting you, you can hold him in a way that doesn't hurt him but makes it so he can't hit you until he's calm. If the reason for the tantrum is because he wants your attention then do your best to accommodate or if'ts not possible give him a time frame of when you'll be able to play.

Tantrums are pretty normal at this age because this is their only way of showing their frustration and communicating because the language isn't quite their yet. If you think you're going to end up giving into the tantrum after 10 minutes then just let them do what they wanted to in the beginning because once they figure out it works to their advantage it's going to be much harder to break them of it.

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Ashley - posted on 04/02/2013

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Thanks! I just needed to get an idea of what I can do to control it. First time mom of a toddler :D

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