Tantrums over getting her way

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Registered: 10-30-2004
Tantrums over getting her way
Mon, 06-13-2011 - 9:51pm

Hi ladies,

I'm new to this board, and I hope some one can give me some advice or maybe at least say "I've been there".

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Tue, 06-14-2011 - 10:59am
Oh, I've been there... in fact, I'm there now! My son is a little younger, he's 2.5, but he throws about 100 tantrums a day. He will throw himself on the ground and just scream and cry over the smallest things. The thing we've found to work the best is just ignoring. I'll walk out of the room or talk to my other boys and act like nothing is happening. Eventually he'll come out of it and, like your daughter, it will be as if nothing happened. On a couple of occasions the tantrums were so bad that I had to pick him up and put him in his room to be by himself.... once I went back to get him, a few minutes later, he was fine.

I honestly think this is fairly normal at this age but if your feel there may be more going on, trust your gut and have her evaluated. Also, while you give her a lot of attention, the new baby could be the root of some of this (how old is your baby?). I've noticed that the outbursts from my son have increased just since school got out and he's had to share my attention with his brothers.

I hope things get better for you soon. Hang in there!

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Registered: 03-27-2008
Tue, 06-14-2011 - 8:44pm
My daughters are 3 1/2 and 18 months, so about the same age difference with your kids. Madison (my 3 1/2 year old) throws tantrums over every little thing. They are for no reason at all. It is just the age and the fact that they are trying to assert their independence. There is no real reason, but it happens and I just look at her and laugh at the end. I bet she will grow out of it and is still getting used to her little sibling!