Temper Tantrum advice at iVillage Pregnancy & Parenting

"When my now three-year-old was two and had started his temper tantrums, I took him to the tantrum corner. Then I encouraged it. I told him to wait until I had left the room then he could start. I reminded him not to forget to stomp his feet. Essentially I was condoning it and that took all the fun out of it and he stopped. I would say he had about three and then he didn't do it anymore because he wasn't getting anything out of it. He was getting a sore throat and nobody responded to it."

"My oldest two didn't have temper tantrums, but my youngest is. If we do not hold her or let her have her way, she will either sit down where she is and just start crying or she will lie on the floor and start screaming. At home it can be quite funny, but when we're out and she does it, I become quite embarrassed. I don't think my husband realized how bad she can be with her tantrums until today when she did it to him in Walmart."

"When we are at home and my daughter throws a tantrum, I, in general, take her to her room and leave here there until she realizes Mom won't put up with it. When we are in public, she usually gets sat in the cart and continues to scream, with me rushing to get my shopping done so I can get out of there and the child home. But my baby isn't even two yet, and disciplining her for a tantrum she is throwing because she is tired or just wants to be with mommy isn't something I do.

"My son, who is 15 months old, has temper tantrums all the time! I usually just let him have his tantrum. Since we can't communicate what the 'real' problem is, I believe this is the easiest way. I always keep one thing in mind: 'We choose our battles, is this one worth it?'"


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