What could be the reason behind increase in tantrums?
My son(3.5) hasn't had a major tantrum in the past one year. Since last week he has been having tantrums (loud, long, 45mins+) for different reasons. For example - I wiped out his painting from the whiteboard and he flipped. I apologized several times. I also told him he should be drawing on paper if he wants to preserve his art. I told him let's draw again. I offered him paper, he screamed even more. After a lot of coaxing he drew again on the whiteboard but kept screaming that it isn't the same as before. Apparently the sun wasnt going down(setting) in the new painting and in the old one it was. I had no clue where the sun was cause in reality it was only scribbles. So I had no idea how to fix it. This tantrum lasted for about 1.5 hours. During the tantrums he jumps, falls on the floor and moves in a circle or upwards by pushing his feet on the ground, cries continously and starts to choke. He used to act this way when he was 2 and non verbal, but it never happened after that. I have realized he has been hungry every time he has had a tantrum. After the tantrum, he sits down to eat and then he is a changed person, happy, calm. He has always been eating a handful of biscuits, crackers, cereals all day but no meals. He can't seem to sit long enough to fill his tummy. He looses interest after few bites. His eating has always been this way- no change. DH is saying he has learnt this behavior from school. I don't feel such things can be learnt. What could be the reasons for his sudden change of behavior? There has been no change in his routine either.