Tantruming toddler - please help!

Kelly - posted on 12/05/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am a stay-at-home mom, with a beautiful son who is 20 months old. But the last couple weeks he has been throwing huge tantrums all day long, no matter where we are. I always swore my children would be well behaved, especially in public. But no matter what I try, he doesn't stop. Timeouts do no good, and I don't believe in spanking. He hits and kicks and screams, while all around me people stare in horror. I'm so embarrassed, but I can't just never take him out in public. Please don't judge me, and if you have any advice I am desperate and would love to hear it. Thank you in advance!

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Christy - posted on 12/06/2010

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My little one turned 2 in October, and he is in full swing tantrum mode. I put him in time out and I do not spank either. Generally I have found that if he is full and has had his nap and a good nights sleep, there are less tantrums. When I stayed home with him (until this June) we weren't on a schedule. Now that he is in daycare and is on a schedule it really helps. I would suggest making sure you have a schedule in place - doesn't have to be anything normal for other parents. Just has to work for your family.

Cristine - posted on 12/06/2010

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I agree with Aileen. Everyone does goes thro it. The best thing I think you can do, is walk away and let him calm down. My almost 2 year old does the same thing. He screams, kicks, and throws his arms everywhere, and I just ignore it. The reason why their having tantrums is because there not getting their way usually. Dont give in! Your baby will calm down once he relizies your not paying attention. Good luck and I hope everything works out for you!

Aileen - posted on 12/06/2010

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Don't worry no one will judge, every one goes through it, no matter if folk say there kid didnt !!!! My son was 2 in october and he takes tantrums, usually I leave him as I feel if I go to him and try to stop him it infuses the situation, and makes him want to do it more often. Because he still has a nappy on, I do give him a smack, it doesnt hurt him, its more the noise, try walking away for 10 seconds, and have a quick check, he wont want you to walk away and leave him so he will follow on. try and keep me updated, it will get better, you need to be confident!!! Good luck. x

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