How do u tame an 18 month old?

Latrece - posted on 08/13/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 18 months and she throws tantrums very often especially when she can't have her own way. Whether were are at home or out in public. How can I get her to behave her self and stop throwing these tantrums?

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Erin - posted on 08/17/2010

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I take my son and calmly tell him to sit down and chill out then he usually does and then he says sorry. The important thing is to stay calm.

Dora - posted on 08/16/2010

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My son is now 2yrs old. Whenever he gets a tantrum I would grab him, give him a hug, tell him mommy said no, tell him I love him and give him tons of kisses. I do all that while hugging him the entire time. This usually turns a tantrum into him laughing.

Dawn - posted on 08/16/2010

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it depends..usually I ignore my son's outbursts, as long as I know it isn't for anything but attention. Often he is simply frustrated with a toy so I will go and help or take away the toy if he won't calm down. Other times it is because he needs a drink or is hungry or is tired and I am caught up doing something and didn't notice his previous attempts at communicating with me!! When he gets really bad...diaper change, doesn't want to cooperate, I get stern and tell him that we don't act like that, and will even give him a little timeout (anywhere without me there!). Just this morning, my son asked to take a nap but I was still picking up his room so he started to play, and when I tried to play he pitched a crazy fit, then I had to change his diaper and he started head-butting me!!! At first I yelled out because it hurt, but that never works and makes me feel guilty!! I held him firm, did what I had to do, put him in his crib, told him I loved him and shut the door...he was out in 2 minutes!!! Be consistant, and firm and loving and patient...they will outgrow this soon enough!!

Kat - posted on 08/14/2010

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Been there! Ohhhh goodness have I experienced the 18 month-old tantrums. My son (now 2) would bang his head off of anything and everything hard, kick his feet, and cry and scream anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. When my boyfriend moved in, he initiated time out. When my son acted up, he went right up to his room. We started with 2 minutes in time out, and eventually have worked up to him being there as long as he is crying. For us, it has really worked. I know some books will say that time outs in the child's room may create a fear of their room, so if that seems to happen to you, try a different room or a play pen with no toys. It's gotten to the point with my son that if he starts to act up and we ask him if he wants to go to time out he says no and calms down. Also, reward her good behaviors and thank her when she calms down. Keep your cool, stand your ground. As long as she's in a safe environment, her temper tantrums and time outs won't hurt her.

Laura - posted on 08/14/2010

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when my son does this i just ignore him like he isnt there untill he stops...he soon givs in when he nose he isnt ganna get any attention for it...but unfortently its just part off being a todd and when ya out in public just ignore her all the same..n hope people understand that its part of being a todd......sometimes when my son does it in public people look at him like he is a naughty child and look at me like i have no controle..i just ignore them people...any ways good luck it is a phase all us mummys have 2 go thru xx

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