tantrums

Kerry - posted on 09/10/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 2year old son has tantrums everytime i leave the room he is in, when it comes 2 bedtime and when i tell him no..any advice on how to stop him from doin it so much?

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Sarah - posted on 09/10/2010

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I would just say to ignore it. Tantrums are a normal everyday thing at age 2. Sometimes you do want to address the issue, but if he is throwing the tantrum as you walk out or say no I would just continue with whatever you are going to do and ignore the tantrum. At those points he is tantruming for your attention. If you don't give him the attention he wants then he will realize that trantruming does not work. It will take time, but it does get better.

Tarryn - posted on 09/11/2010

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Hi Kerry:) Just a few questions: Firstly, is your son still sleeping in a cot? If Yes, Do you put him into the cot during the day when he is throwing a tantrum? The reason I ask tis is because I know of many moms who do this, and I agree it's a safe place when they throw tantrums BUT it's also a bad thing to do...Why? Because children should associate their beds with comfort, relaxing time, calming down, etc. When a mother puts their child into the cot for bad behaviour, the childs becomes confused...is this my calming down time or am I misbehaving? My way of dealing with a tantrum is to to take my son by the hand and place him in a safe environment in our home, I go down to his level and say to him that he is more than welcome to throw a tantrum but he will do so there and when he is done he may come and get a hug and kiss from me and I walk away. I am consistent. The tantrums last no more than 5 mins, if that!!! The reason I say to him that he is welcome to throw a tantrum is because they are also individuals and they should be allowed to show their emotions but at the same time it's teaching him to gain control of them. I really hope this helps you. Much love!!!

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Kerry - posted on 09/12/2010

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Hi tarryn no leon been in a bed now since e was 14months and when e has tantrums i put him on time out in a corner. that where i go wrong i dont get down to his level. thanks 4 the advice will give that a try and c if it helps xx

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