Toddler Temper Tantrums Have Begun

by Melanie Edwards on May 11, 2007 · 5 comments

in Baby Girl, Motherhood, Parenting, toddlers

It seems like baby girl cries for everything nowadays! Just this past weekend, she had gotten really bad!

Anything we say no to, or remove from her, she will throw a fit and will throw herself on the floor. I know this is normal tantrum behavior for a toddler and have been told by her Dr. to ignore the tantrum and not give in. But, like I said, it seemed to have gotten really bad in the past few days.

She has now started to hit her head on the wall, table, etc. during the tantrums. A few times, she’s also bit herself.

Needless to say, this behavior is really disturbing to the husband and I and we felt like we didn’t know what to do.

I spent most of Sunday crying and feeling really frustrated.

But, there is hope!

After doing some research on the internet, I decided to try a twist on the ignoring approach.

I found this great site with information on tantrums and what you can do. I tried his approach of “active ignoring” and it has worked twice already! The tantrums have not lasted as long and she calmed down on her own.

Hopefully if we continue to be consistent with this approach, the frequency of the tantrums will lessen as well.

If you have any tantrum experience or suggestions, feel free to share in the comments.

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1 Priscilla May 11, 2007 at 11:04 pm

Hey nena, don’t worry, it’ll be over soon.

2 Mommy off the Record May 12, 2007 at 12:48 am

That sounds like an excellent approach! I kind of used it without realizing it, I guess. I find that the more you try to talk to a crying toddler or “solve the problem”, the worse it can get sometimes. Ignoring sounds mean, but it can be pretty effective!

3 ModernMami May 14, 2007 at 11:44 am

Priscilla: Thanks, I do hope you’re right!

MOTR: Yes, it can be effective, but downright heartbreaking at times. 🙂

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