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Monday, January 24, 2011

Toddler Tantrums...

Terrible Two's are starting EARLY in our house. My little guy will be 14 months next week and he already has the temper tantrum thing down. We had a little of this with our older guy, but not too much. I know that a big part of it is that he knows what he wants but can't communicate it yet. He says words (dada, mama, brother, up, look, baba, hi, bye-bye, etc....) and his non-verbal communication is usually enough to get the point across, but he wants to be able to tell us what he wants/needs and he is not there yet. He gets frustrated.

Two days ago he was walking around playing with his Little People and he fell. When he feel he dropped his toy on the ground. He immediately started crying uncontrollably. My husband tried to give him his toy back and he wouldn't take it he just kept crying for a couple of minutes until he decided to get back up and play with something else. When you tell him "no" he goes through a simliar routine and since he gets into EVERYTHING he does hear the word "no" every once in a while.

It seems like the times we are seeing him act up seem to be when he is getting tired. Either right before nap time or right before bed time - and when he gets like that he doesn't want to be held, but he doesn't want to be put down either so you can't really comfort him to try to calm him down. These "tantrums" are not frequent, just every now and then, so I am hoping that in the coming months...as he becomes more verbal maybe this will subside. Though I am sure it will begin to subside just in time for the real "terrible twos."

In the meatime, I would love to hear from other people out there who are going through the Toddler Tantrum stage too!!! What are you doing to avoid tantrums/re-direct your little ones?

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