My son is 18 months old and has been going through the terrible 2's for about 3-4 months now. However it has recently gotten much worse. He could be fine one minute and flipping out the next. You never know if he's going to eat the food I made, he throws fits if he doesn't get what he wants right that second, he cries if you even NICELY tell him not to do something...and then continues to do it or throws another tantrum, wants to play with something and then doesn't want it the next minute, won't sit in a high chair (or any chair) at restaurants, etc. etc. It has become a chore to take him anywhere...we absolutely do not take him to restaurants anymore because he doesn't cooperate at all, and our grocery store/mall trips have become few and far between. I try my hardest to let him do all the little things he wants to do that aren't a big deal, like pushing buttons, turning on lights himself, feeding himself, etc. but if I don't allow him to do something its a huge meltdown.
My problem is that I find myself having a hard time keeping my cool. Now before everyone jumps to conclusions...I would NEVER hurt him or anything like that. But I do find myself having to walk away or just let him cry because I can't stand it anymore. Its like nothing makes him happy...a lose lose for me. I know this is just a phase and that he'll get over it, but right now I just need some advice. What did you do during this phase? Any discipline that is effective but not too harsh for his age? I just have had it...
Asked by Anonymous at 4:07 PM on Feb. 26, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)
Answer by SpaceToast at 4:26 PM on Feb. 26, 2011
When kids are having a tantrum you just let them cry and soon they will know that it is not getting them no where. If you give in they will keep doing it. Just hang in there. It will be over before you know it.
Answer by HomeAlone45 at 8:29 PM on Feb. 26, 2011