When he throws something, calmly take it away and put it out of his reach. If it's a toy or other object he likes, tell him he can have it back when he shows that he will not throw it any more - for my son, things went on top of the fridge where he could see them, but not get them. Then when I returned things to him (at this age, after a couple of hours of good behavior), I reminded him why they were up there, what he needs to do to keep things. If he's throwing anything he can get his hands on, not just his toys, then you need to be proactive and remove as much as you can out of his reach so that only his stuff is available. After you've removed whatever he's thrown, acknowledged his anger/frustration by letting him know you understand why he's angry. Then give him an alternate behavior for expressing his frustration - stomping the floor, hitting a pillow, whatever works for you and him...cont.
at 10:06 AM on Jul. 19, 2009