My 16 month has gotten into taking tantrums out of nowhere. He will want something he knows he isn't supposed to have and he will point to it and when told no he will start screaming,crying,kicking etc. Sometimes I try to talk to him and tell him why he can't have it etc. But SO seems to think ignoring the tantrum is a better way to go about it. I really don't know what to do. I usually just try to wait it out. Should I try to make him stop, try to talk him out of it, or just let him get over it on his own? What do you do?Answer Question
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Answer by UpSheRises at 4:04 PM on Jul. 22, 2010
Anticipate, avoid, don't use the word no, distract, substitute. Mini-lectures don't work with 16 mo. If a child is having regular tantrums ignoring isn't the answer. How ignoring work is the first couple of tantrums you ignore and the child stops. If the child is having regular tantrums it is a parenting issue and the parent needs to learn some new skills for their parenting reportoire. A good book is Love & Limits by Elizabeth Crary.
Here is a famous article about why saying no to toddlers doesn't work
Answer by Gailll at 4:04 PM on Jul. 22, 2010
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