Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Rachael | 2009-10-06

Q.

Ref 1663 - Re Toddler tantrums

Hi doc,

I have read the advice on 1663, and I use this same method of putting my 26mth old in his room when he throws a tantrum. I stand outside his room to let him know I am there and will only open the door once he stops. I really don' t like doing this. Won' t this affect him psychologically? Will he not grow up having unnecessary fears? I have been doing this for about 3 weeks now. On some occasions I sit with him in his room, with the door closed until he stops. I just don' t know if I' m doing the right thing when it comes to discipline, altho it has proved effective in stopping the tantrum for that time.
Thank you.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You are doing the right thing but it won't help if he knows that you are outside the door. After all he wants an audience when he is performing. So walk away and only let him out when he is quiet. This method will do no harm.

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