Tantrums!

Kim - posted on 06/08/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 18 month old boy was an angel and even putting himself to bed. Then one morning he woke up and was like a different child, he throws tantrums, bites me, pulls hair and Spits. and won't go to bed with out a tantrum, it takes four hours of putting him back to bed. In the middle of this we made a mutual decision to give up his dummies. They were making no difference at all in regards sleep, he gave it to me one morning and didn`t ask for it again till four days later. I have let him have his dummy back for five or ten minuites to get him off to sleep. Not sure what to do, we have tried everything. The more we say no the more he misbehaves. Part of me thinks he might be really exshausted and just need to catch up on sleep and the bad behaviour will disappear. Any Advice! Has any one else experienced a sudden change in behaviour,

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Jillian - posted on 06/08/2010

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Sounds like the terrible twos.
He needs consistency. I often tell my children to tell me when they're finished crying and I let them cry it out.
There are a lot of books out there. I like, How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk and any of Doctor Brazleton's books.
A couple of quick strategies would be to give choices whenever you can. This way they feel in control but you only present options you as the parent are okay with.
Another strategy is to always tell children what it is you want them to do, rather than what you don't want them to do. Reserve no, for emergencies ie, running into the street.j
For example: We hold mommy's hand in the parking lot, rather than saying don't run off.

At that age it could be frustration because they know what they want but don't have the words to express it yet. Baby sign language may be helpful
Good luck

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