How can I get my son to stop screaming when something gets taken away?

Stacey - posted on 01/20/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son gets things taken away from him and he will scream bloody murder. He also likes to jump on the bed and we will put him in timeout and go right back to it. Also the couch seems to be a playground for him he jumps on it and climbs on the back. I just don't know what else to do with him so he learns its not right to those things. Im losing my patience with him please help!

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Melanie - posted on 01/20/2009

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i am going through the same bout with my son he is 19 months, but so far I have been ignoring the tantrums and eventually he stops. But he likes to climb and jump too. When he does that I always take him off of the back of the couch or the chair. It's for there own safety really. What I was told is when they don't get what they want they are going to pitch a fit. They are trying to see where the boundaries lie. It is hard listening to them scream and carry on, but it will get better... good luck!

Laurel - posted on 01/20/2009

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I agree! My son is the same way - really exercising his "terrible twos". I ignore him and tell him to let me know when he is finished. It is very frustrating but it will work.

Stacey - posted on 01/20/2009

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We will give that a shot. We have ignored him a couple times but he just still really keeps it up. He gets alot of it from his older sister (my middle daughter). Those two together are not good they just are very naughty together. But thank you for the reply we try it and hope like crazy it works.

Tonya - posted on 01/20/2009

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ignore him. kids do what gets them attention. only give him attention at all if he is doing something good or at least not naughty. works for us. direct defiance requires a punishment, like a couple of controlled swats with a spatula, but acting out like you're describing just requires a huge dose of the cold shoulder. they figure it out pretty soon that they won't get mommy time acting that way and stop. it works.

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