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"Don't laugh"

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Lazarou Wed 20-Aug-08 15:42:35

Who was it who suggested saying this as a tactic for stopping a tantrum in its tracks?

It really does work. Twice today it worked for me.

Whoever suggested it, you are a genius.

cheesesarnie Wed 20-Aug-08 15:43:42

it does doesnt it!

also suggestion something anything really random-like a jog.worked great with ds yesterdaygrin

MrsStig Wed 20-Aug-08 15:43:47

What's the tactic?

Lazarou Wed 20-Aug-08 15:46:14

THe meltdown began because ds couldn't have a toy. I was in hurry to pick up ds2 from nursery. Ds1 did hte throwing himself to the floor thing, and then standing up and screaching. I said 'don't laugh' He laughed. I kept saying it all the way back to the carpark.
The random suggestion thing works too.

MrsStig Wed 20-Aug-08 15:51:30

If this works you don't have full on devoted professional tantrumers.

LegoLover Wed 20-Aug-08 15:53:16

Works on DS if he's just in a whingey, stroppy mode. NOT if he's having a full-blown screamer.

Lazarou Wed 20-Aug-08 16:29:19

MrsStig, ds2 is far worse in the tantrum stakes so I have yet to see if it works with him.

MrsStig Wed 20-Aug-08 17:55:21

My youngest is now 3, and was never as determined with tantrums as the other 2.

<<whispers>>

I think my tantrum days may be over. Touch wood.

Fizzylemonade Wed 20-Aug-08 21:26:00

This works on ds1 but only if he is not on full melt down which to be fair is very rare these days but it does work. He is just 5 BTW

Lazarou Wed 20-Aug-08 21:37:18

Ah, you see. Mine are 2 and 3. I'm still on 'tantrum alert'

thesockmonsterofdoom Thu 21-Aug-08 07:54:42

It works for us if I catch it in time, once we pass a point nothing works.

2Happy Thu 21-Aug-08 08:00:50

Oh it's fantastic isn't it?! We use it on ds1, who at 3.2 is a lot less tantrummy than he used to be, but it pretty much got me through the terrible two's without packing my bags!

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