Temper Tantrums

Bonnie - posted on 09/03/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old son throws the worse temper tantrum I have ever seen. He is late in talking because he had to get tubes put in his ears because of ear problems, but he understands me. When I say it's night time... He says "NO" I don't like that word coming from him. He throws himself on the floor kicking me and hitting me to get away from him. I put him in timeout cause you don't hit mommy, but I nothing seems to work. Much more...... but can anyone help me with some advice

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Darci - posted on 09/23/2009

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My 2-year old decided he didn't want to stay in his bed at naptime. He does GREAT at bedtime, but naptime has been a challenge since our new baby arrived in May. So, I have decided that I would lay with him (hold him down if necessary) until he is sleeping. I always tell him, "If you can't stay in your bed by yourself, then I will 'help' you." And, I "help" him almost everyday, but he also naps everyday. Hopefully, one of these days, he will stay in his bed without my assistance.

I also have a 3-year old daughter and a 4-month old daughter. I get the 4-month old sleeping first. The 3-year old reads books in the living room while I get the boy down. Then, after I read a couple books to the 3-year old, she joins him for a nap in their room (the 2 oldest share a room). I think my 2-year old loves the fact that I lay down with him at naptime because it some of the only "alone time with mommy" that he gets some days. So, it's okay if I lay with him for a while yet.

One thing that has worked to help keep the kids in their beds at bedtime is "talking" with each of them as part of our bedtime routine. I also try to NEVER rush the bedtime routine. We take take baths some nights, put on pajamas, vitamins, brush teeth, read books (usually 3 books), say prayers, sing song sometimes, (this is where the one-on-one time takes place) "talk", kiss, hug, drink, and say, "Good Night, I love you ____, see you in the morning when the sun comes up." Making bedtime a positive time with lots of "fun" and loving things has helped. Our bedtime routine can sometimes last 30-45 minutes... so we start early. I don't tell them it's time to go to bed, I just start the routine... getting pajamas on and go from there. If you have questions or want more details feel free to send me a message.

Connie - posted on 09/23/2009

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it too bad kids dont come with directions that would make life more simple. Just keep the control on ur side. All kids love to take control if they can, we as parents have to fight to keep the control. Good luck

Trina - posted on 09/22/2009

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Just walk away when he starts throwing his fits and he will see that he does not have the attention that he wants. Thats what I do when my child does it. She gets up and follows me when she see that I am not going to feed into what she is doing.

Adrianna - posted on 09/22/2009

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stick your ground momma. tell him NO!! TIME FOR BED!!! NOW!!! and stick him in bed. dont let him get away or dont let him do what he wants... he thinks he is in charge and you do what he wants.... if you put him in his bed and he gets out just put him back and if he screams and crys... let him cry. he will learn your not going to give in... just be strong. :)

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