Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sammy | 2011-01-12



Hi Doc

Please help.. we have twin daughters aged 3 years and 8months. The one is very calm whilst the other has terrible tantrums. We''ve tried speaking sternly, time out, putting her in the bathroom. I''ve now started putting her in her room, but find that she now pulls down her pants and wees on the floor. She is extremely strong willed aswell.

Another " problem"  we have is that she will not say sorry when she has done something wrong. She will give a hug but will not say the words " I am sorry" 

Someone mentioned that I should seek professional help. Would this be the next step, and if so who? Occupational therapist or ???

Many thanks I am at my wits end

Expert's Reply



This is a real problem and your daughter is rather 'old' to still be having tantrums of this nature. She cannot be allowed to continue in this way.If she has a tantrum say in a clear and firm voice 'Stop doing that!' If she continues immediately put her in her room and close the door. Do not let her out unless she is quiet and she must say she is sorry. If she does not say sorry close the door again and leave her there for a reasonable period until she is ready to say sorry. If she wets the floor she must help to clean up the mess. If she shows no signs of improving or will not learn to say sorry or still persists in wetting the floor she should be seen by a child psychologist.

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