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How do you stop a 2 year old tantrum?

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Asked by NikkiLovesWyatt at 9:50 PM on Jul. 15, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • depends on what kind it is. My little one likes to throw himself backwards so I catch him and hold him no matter how much he fights (he hasn't tried biting me thankfully). Other times he just screams at me so I put him in his room until he is done throwing a fit.

    Answer by mammacjjc85 at 10:08 PM on Jul. 15, 2009

  • Generally, you can't. Once a toddler is in to a tantrum, he can not hear you. He is overwhelmed with the powerful feelings he is feeling and has blocked out the outer world while he deals with it. Trying to talk him out of it or jolly him out of it will backfire and make it worse.

    When he throws a fit, ignore him. If he's a head pounder, carry him somewhere safe enough to bang his head. Then ignore him. Stay in the room so he has your presence near by but don't interact with him. The more attention you give him, the more you reinforce the behavior for the future. Your goal is for him to find an appropriate way to deal with frustration, disappointment, anger, and other powerful emotions in the coming years.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:47 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

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