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temper tantrums in 3 yr old....should they be ignored or not?

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crispyduck Mon 18-Aug-08 21:26:14

what is your advice pls?

spudballoo Mon 18-Aug-08 21:27:35

I don't know but I hope someone does. My DS1, about to turn 3, has been utterly delightful until the last week or so...and now is beyond challenging with massive tantrums over mostly nothing. Never mind the terrible twos...what about the threes?!

PootyApplewater Mon 18-Aug-08 21:29:38

ignore them as long as they are somewhere safe.

if you can catch them before they are incandescent with rage, you could try distracting them instead.

ds1 was distractable.
ds2 just had to be left to go ballistic, and calm down in his own time.

pagwatch Mon 18-Aug-08 21:31:42

I tended to ignore. That does not mean just letting them get on with it regardless of the circs though.
If she was at home and threw herself to the floor I would just move to another room.
At the shops she once did a spectacular one that gained a crowd in House of Fraser.
i usedto say " goodness you are really being silly. Let me know when you have finished and ready to talk to me" and wander to a watching distance.
If she was too out of line though I would move her.
And any aggression of violence got her a trip up to her room.
Fortuantely I had dealt with Ds2's SN so her sad bag of tricks in comparison had no effect and she rarely, very rarely played up.
I was also lucky that the tutters ( and there are always tutters) didn't bother me at all so i never had that sense of pressure

MARGOsBeenPlayingWithMyNooNoo Mon 18-Aug-08 21:32:05

spud - they call it being a threenager!

I ignore and then talk about it once she's calmed down.

crispyduck Mon 18-Aug-08 21:34:28

lol at threenager

crispyduck Mon 18-Aug-08 21:42:05

ds goes ballistic, he has banged his head today having full blown tantrum at the train station...he wanted to get back on the train

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