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Dealing With Temper Tantrums

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I think that they should scrap the age old terrible twos, and they should institute the tyrant threes.  I have had far more temper tantrums from my three year old than I ever did when he was two, and way more than my two year old actually throws.

So whoever came up with terrible twos is officially fired!

But with this whole new monster of mood swings in our house, I have noticed one thing that works the best for handling these new mini person meltdowns.  Ignoring them.

I mean, obviously if it gets too out of control I deal with with it in an appropriate manner while instituting some kind of punishment, but in reality, he is doing it for the attention, and I will not be the one that is giving it to him.

There is a time and a place for certain punishments, and certain emotions and we are slowly trying to teach him positive ways to handle emotions instead of condoning these extreme swings and outbursts.

Hey, he is my first toddler!  This is a whole new thing to me… and partly I think some of the mood swings, and emotions have to do with the new baby coming into the house, although she has been here for almost 4 months now. But to him it is a big adjustment.  When his little brother was born, he was only 17 months old and I bet my bottom dollar he doesn’t remember a time when it was just him.

But my biggest question for other parents who have been there and done that is how did you do it?  What did you do to keep them calm, or calm them down when they flipped out and carried on?
I need your tips and help!

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