Two Year Olds
December 15, 2006 10:12am CST
Arrrggghh! I have a two year old and just curious if anyone has any suggestions for temper tantrums. I was a preschool teacher and I have tried all of the "suggested" forms of discipline. He also has gotten spankings. I hate doing it, but it is a last resort for him. We are experiencing a horrible tantrum of him throwing things when he is mad. Any suggestions?
• United States
15 Dec 06
Hi! I know it's difficult to get your child through tantrums, my daughter has had plenty! Try to remember that this is a form of communication for your child. He is trying to tell you that something is wrong. Your child may be feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with the toys he's playing with. Some children literally go into "sensory overload" if there is too much going on, too much noise (tv, radio, etc), too many choices of toys, too many other children around, pets, etc. When your child starts to get upset, I suggest moving him from the room he's in and putting him in a very quiet room with no tv, no radio, nothing going on. If he'll let you stay with him, great, if not, just let him sit in there and calm down. This will tell you if your child is having problems with sensory overload. If that's the case, your child will enjoy the peace and quiet and calm down. Another way to tell is if he gets upset in large, noisy stores like walmart. Some children can't handle the noise or the bright lights and begin to act out as a way of telling their parents that they are in distress. I hope this helps!