temper tantrums and aggression

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Registered: 05-15-2007
temper tantrums and aggression
Thu, 06-23-2011 - 9:44pm

Any tips - My 3 yo is a great kid, but he is short tempered (guess who he gets that from?). Anyway...today was awful. We had a playdate at the mall (little park area) with my old babysitter (before I was a SAHM, this woman watched him; and my bff from college).

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Fri, 06-24-2011 - 1:16pm
HUGS to you! I have so been in your shoes before and it is miserable (and so so embarrassing). We actually had something similar happen at the library just last week. Landon wanted to do something he wasn't allowed to do and when I told him no he threw himself on the ground and rolled around screaming at the top of his lungs (at the library of all places- ack!).

The best thing I've found to do with him is to firmly tell him what he is doing isn't okay and then place him in timeout. If he is too out of control to sit on the timeout chair, I place him in his bed (he is still in a crib right now). Then I completely ignore him and his screaming for a few minutes.

Now, I realize this is much harder to do in public. When he acted up at the library last week we left immediately. It stunk, as we were there for less than 5 minutes total, but I'm hoping it taught him something.

With your son I total agree with you that his speech delay and inability to express his needs may be making things worse. Is he in speech therapy now? My oldest has been in speech for many years and I know how much the inability to communicate can make things harder.

This age IS hard and there are days when I just don't enjoy being mommy! Hang in there and know that you aren't alone. Please feel free to come here and vent any time you need! HUGS again!

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Registered: 06-12-2011
Sun, 06-26-2011 - 10:20am

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Registered: 06-26-2011
Sun, 06-26-2011 - 2:03pm

Hugs to you.