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how can i comfort my son?

my 2yr old loves to play with his blocks but he gets really fustrated when he cant get them to stack the way he wants cuz he likes to put them on his truck and cars and they fall and i try to explain it to him and he just gets more upset because i cant help him either my husband also tried to explain but he wont listen he cries and screams really bad and starts to throw a tantrum. what else can i do?

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Snavarro08

Asked by Snavarro08 at 6:34 AM on Sep. 13, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Honestly I would begin ignoring it or removing him from the play area till he calms down. Letting him know that acting out like this isnt acceptable and you will ignore him till he stops acting that way.
    BlacksheepSati

    Answer by BlacksheepSati at 6:37 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • if the blocks are causing this take them away tell we dont ply this way and till he can play good with them they are put away sometimes a break from them helps
    motherstime

    Answer by motherstime at 6:42 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • too young to reason with too too much. What we do and still do when the kids get frustrated with an activity is have them take a break from it for awhile and do something else and come back to it later.
    Zoeyis

    Answer by Zoeyis at 6:46 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • i have tried to ignore him but wont help and i do take him away from the blocks but the nxt day its the same thing it has been going on for almost a month.
    Snavarro08

    Comment by Snavarro08 (original poster) at 6:53 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • only other thing I can suggest is making the blocks disappear for awhile then, maybe while he's taking a nap.
    Zoeyis

    Answer by Zoeyis at 6:55 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • You could try and sit down with him and show him, and if that doesn't work, take them away from him, and tell him if you can't play nicely with them, he can't play with them.
    D.C.Cole

    Answer by D.C.Cole at 6:56 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • My Ds was like that. We sat down a built a WALL of blocks, and showed him how much fun it was to knock that wall down, lol. He forgot all about putting the blocks on the cars. We also did tunnels made from papertowel core (cardboard rolls). We just used the re-direct idea.
    Ezranight

    Answer by Ezranight at 7:04 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • I would put the blocks away until he is older and can reason better. Replace them with things he can fill his trucks and things up with. Perhaps a set of farm animals that he is learning the names of.
    thismamacooks

    Answer by thismamacooks at 7:05 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • Just let him work through it.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 8:46 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • This is actually normal behavior for a child about that age. He is trying to do something he can't do yet, and isn't old enough to understand why, so he becomes frustrated and expresses it the best way he can- a tantrum. You can try showing him how he CAN stack his blocks, or re-direct him, but his behavior is unlikely to change until he is more able to express his frustration when he can't do something.
    preacherskid

    Answer by preacherskid at 9:41 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

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