Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Miguel' s Mom | 2009-06-10


Handling Tantrums

My son is 22 months old, and generally very well behaved. He seldom has tantrums, and when he does I am mostly able to calm him down quickly and get his attention onto something interesting. But there are times when I find it difficult to handle the tantrums. He does not see his dad much, since he works away, and I find it difficult at times, but I do try the controlled crying method, but am wondering if this may not cause him to be insecure as he grows. He has only me to comfort him and sometimes even I cant handle it. In the long term, could he have feelings of rejection, or being neglected?

Expert's Reply



You should not use the controlled crying method for temper tantrums. Rather simply walk out of the room when your son starts with a tempet tantrum. Only return when he is quiet again. Do not plead with him to behave, just be firm but kind and always speak in a clear firm voice when you tell him to stop doing something that you do not want him to do.His Dad must give him maximum attention when he is at home and needs to keep in touch on a daily basis from where he works.

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