how do you get a 2 year old from throwing things when hes mad


Vanessa - posted on 07/19/2010




If you catch them throwing something you tell them you don't throw toys and then warn them that if you throw a toy again i will have to hold you. Then naturally they will probably throw it again, so then you calmly explain to them that you told them that if they threw the item again that you were going to hold them. Then you sit them on your lap and wrap your arms around the front of them and hold them. At first they will protest, but you then tell them that when they are quiet and sit still they can go and play again. Eventually they will stop the protest. You then remind them that if they throw things again you will have to hold them. If you use the technique consistantly you will find you will only ever have to warn them and they will stop doing it and then you soon won't even have to warn them.


View replies by

Cathie - posted on 07/19/2010




Remove the child from the situation - to a timeout place. Explain he is there to calm down. Remove the toy, as he treated it badly. After he calms down and apologises, tell him he has earned the toy back, but he needs to treat things nicely. My daughter used to do this as well, combined with saying she hated me. She eventually learned not to throw stuff, and will remove herself to her bedroom to calm down now, then come and say sorry when she feels better.

Michelle - posted on 07/19/2010




When he throws things then take the things away from him and put him on a timeout (2 minutes). When he's timeout is finished explain to him that you put him on a timeout because he threw whatever it was he threw. If he behaves after that then let him have the item back again. Just keep doing this each time and eventually he will learn.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms