My daughter is turning 1 yr old in two weeks... she has been having mini melt downs for a few months now when she doesn't get her way, but it is getting more dramatic now... especially in public. She makes her body stiff and sometimes even "plays stiff as a board" so I can hardly pick her up or hold her... she also screams super loud and throws her arms down and makes them stiff. Changing her diaper is always a challenge when we are at home... and when we are out in public, it usually starts when I don't let her hold something that she wants to play with that is not good for her. Is it normal to start tantrums so young and what do you do to handle them?Answer Question
Answer by jcsscfam5 at 1:05 AM on Apr. 14, 2009
Answer by exxOHjackie at 2:30 AM on Apr. 14, 2009
she is just testing her will. Ignore her, use kind words but with meaning. No need to yell, they get SOME kind of attention that way & learn that their behavior gets a reaction. Don't give her a reaction. Let her learn that her behavior does not get attention. If you are in public, drop what you are doing, don't yell or give her reaction & leave. She will learn by YOUR actions that her behavior does not get what it wants. The key here is not not react. I know you want to yell & discipline, but it feeds her will. If at home, quietly put her in her room. Tell her it's not acceptable & when she is calm she can come play & talk to you. Remember that actions speak louder than words do. No need to get all huffy puffy about it, it fuels them when they get ANY reaction weather is positive or negative. Good luck.
Answer by samurai_chica at 9:29 AM on Apr. 14, 2009
Answer by EmilySusan at 12:38 PM on Apr. 14, 2009
Answer by expectingbaby1 at 12:55 AM on Apr. 17, 2009
Answer by DyperDuty at 1:37 AM on Apr. 17, 2009