My 20 month old has entered the terrible twos stage a bit earlier than I expected...and she's embarrassing me in public!
A couple of weeks ago, we went to the dollar store, and on our way out, I decided to purchase a helium balloon for her. She loved it!
Now everytime we pass the dollar store, she runs to the door to go in, thinking that she'll get a balloon. I have to physically remove her from the door, and of course she cries bloody murder. People look at me as if I'm beating on her or something!!
I don't mind getting her a ballooon every once in awhile, but I'm certainly not going to buy one for her every time we pass the store (we pass by it ALL THE TIME). And I don't want to get her a balloon while she's having a tantrum, because I don't want her to think she can get what she wants that way.
How do I handle this problem?
Asked by Anonymous at 8:54 PM on Mar. 10, 2010 in General Parenting
Answer by ryanlynn at 9:00 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
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Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:03 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
Well you could do like dr phil says and stand back and watch her have her fit and if someone says something be like I know isn't it horrible. Just keep telling her no. Pick her up and carry her away from the door. Even if you give in just once she will think that this is the way to act all the time. It's hard. I know. I have a 2 year old that sees chocolate at the store and will throw a fit because he wants it.
Answer by JAIRATRACI at 9:14 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
Stand for something or fall for anything. Continue telling her NO and don't give in. I also agree with the concept of making her earn stars to get a treat. Negative behavior should always be redirected towards a more constructive, positive outlet. Please be patient, as she's young, and will require a lot of patience, tolerance and consistency from your end. Be aware that the "terribles" doesn't end at age two. You've also got the terrible threes, fours, fives, teens, etc. LOL. I empathize with you as my son would act out for a ball. He'd clown so bad that other customers would offer to buy him a ball and I refused that as well. Needless to say, this would make him doubly angry. Reminding him about NO balls before we went into any store was futile. I don't care how many balls I bought for him, there was always another color, shape or size that he just had to have. Eventually, your daughter will comply.
Answer by Ewadun at 9:50 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
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