How long should you let tantrums last??

Erinn - posted on 06/24/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son has been getting into major tantrums... kicking, sreaming, throwing things.... Sometimes they last for quite some time. Is there a time frame I should put on it??

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April - posted on 06/24/2009

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My son used to do the same thing a few months back. he is 3 1/2 now and most of the time the tantrums were over him wanting to be independant and thinking he was the boss. We have now started taking a toy away everytime he has this type of behavior and then letting him earn toys back for good behavior. We also tell him if he is going to yell he has to go in him room because the yelling hurts my ears. Also I gave him outlets for example we scream outside or in your bedroom. We kick soccer balls, we throw baseballs, or we hit pillows or baseballs. and so on. A simple no doesnt really work for little ones because they are trying to learn by teaching them that there are other ways it becomes less frustrating for us as parents if we can redirect them instead of always saying no and then walking away.

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