Need help! 4 yr old tantrums
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|Wed, 08-18-2010 - 12:31pm|
OMG! My four year old dd has the worst temper tantrums ever! And over practically nothing at all. She just hears the word "No" and starts acting like a crazy person. I do not understand this. And she has no limits to where this behavior starts up. She constantly thinks that when we are out anywhere, grocery shopping, paying bills, etc...that that means she should get a new toy or something that she really wants. I do not like to buy something new for my two kids everytime we are somewhere because I do not think it's right. And I do not give in either. But when I tell her "No" she starts with the LOUD whining and crying and now she has started telling me that "I'm crazy and don't love her" very loudly in public. I pull her aside and firmly tell her that she is NOT aloud to talk to me that way and that kind of behavior will get her nothing. But it doesn't seem to fase her. This goes on all the time, every day. How do I minimize these kind of temper tantrums? They frustrate me and infuriate me. I do not want to always seem like I am being mean to my kids but I will never reward that kind of behvior either. I just don't constantly want to be a cop to my dd and I do want her to think I am fun and of course I love her and my other dd more then anything. She was the sweetest baby from the day she was born and sware that she was the best baby a parent could ask for. She was always calm and very sweet. And even through the early toddler years I never had to deal with the kind of emotions she goes through now at 4. Help, please. What are some helpful ways to deal with this and eventually get her to stop.
Oh, and her screaming about EVERYTHING has gotten out of control. She thinks by screaming that will help the situation. How to stop this too.