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4 yr old who throws major temper tantrums has multiple meltdowns everyday. Can get physical with you at times. What can/should be done? Desperate!

4 yr old who throws major temper tantrums has multiple meltdowns everyday. Can get physical with you at times. What can/should be done? Desperate!

Talk to your doctor: First, talk with your child's doctor. She may recommend a child therapist or behavior counselor. Give your child choices where you can, but not where you can't. You can say "it's time for bed. Do you want to read a book or sing a song before you go to sleep?" don't say "do you want to go to bed"! avoid unnecessary power struggles and choose your battles. Be consistent with important rules, though. ...Read more

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Temper Tantrums (Definition)

A temper tantrum is an event in which a child is angry and cries, screams, hits, kicks, and/or throws himself onto the ground to get things done his way from Mom, Dad, or another family member. Temper tantrums are loud, especially in public places, but are best ignored and politely handled from ...Read more


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My 16 year old hits me during his temper tantrums what do I do?

Get help: You don't say if your son has any underlying conditions such as autism, but allowing a 16 year old to hit you is teaching him to be abusive. If he does have another condition, get specialized help (behavioral training). If not, get help for yourself, for him, and for the family. Domestic violence is dangerous for everyone involved. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son throws terrible Temper tantrums any tips? Just screams for hours when he doesn't get what he wants Whats an appropriate reaction

Start by calling : Child Find of your local school district for developmental assessment. Also, fill out developmental screens & the M-CHAT on firstsigns.org & see his pediatrician.Tell your son your rules at his language level, then ignore tantrums consistently by walking him from behind to time-out without talking, making eye contact or acting angry. Repeat till he stays put, then set timer for 3 minutes. ...Read more

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My 18 year old daughter has cerebral palsy and has temper tantrums. Is there a link between the two?

My 18 year old daughter has cerebral palsy and has temper tantrums. Is there a link between the two?

Yes: Emotional dyscontrol is very common in cases of damage to frontal lobes or other portions of the emotional circuitry known as the limbic system. These areas of the brain can be damaged in cerebral palsy. Medication and counseling may be helpful. ...Read more

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Does my 3 year old have odd? I do not spank her and I do not use physical punishment. She has temper tantrums that last for a few hours. She always blames others for her misbehavior. She frequently questions rules. When i ask her to do something, she refu

Protracted tantrums: Typically-developing tots begin to self-calm & respond to time-out ~ 18 mos. Protracted tantrums @ 3 suggest childhood dysregulation disorder, seen with early-onset adhd or a family history of mood disorders, etc. Ask her pediatrician to refer you to a child psychologist who'll teach you techniques to ignore tantrums & defiance effectively & "catch her being good, " as she may not outgrow this. ...Read more

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Could it be healthy for a 13 year old to throw an explosive temper tantrum?

Nope: Tantrums are normal for two year olds. This is a warning sign of a deeper psychological problem that needs to be immediately investigated. If you have guns in the house remove them. Certainly sit down with him and give him the chance to openly discuss his feelings. Then get him in for his appointment asap. ...Read more

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What do you do when a seven year old with add/adhd has a temper tantrum?

What do you do when a seven year old with add/adhd has a temper tantrum?

Have a plan: There is nothing unique about adhd in terms of handling temper tantrums--excpet they may be a bit more prone to them. To little space to go into detail, but look up the explosive child or others sources about dealing with out-of-control behavior. Develop a consistent intervention that keeps the child safe and minimizes secondary gain (benefits) the child might be getting. Adhd is not an excuse. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 9 year boy to have temper tantrums?

Is it normal for a 9 year boy to have temper tantrums?

Need more info: Typically-developing children begin to self-calm at 18 months of age and learn more mature coping skills as they age. If he still has two-year-old style tantrums, a behavioral therapist can help him develop more age-appropriate ways to deal with frustration. ...Read more

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5yr/old daughter has temper tantrums that last for hours. She hits/bites me . Could there be something wrong? This is an everyday thing .

5yr/old daughter has temper tantrums that last for hours. She hits/bites me . Could there be something wrong? This is an everyday thing .

Not Everyday Thing!: U ; your daughter both must feel frustrated ; exhausted at these times. I would advise consulting with a developmental expert -a child psychologist or psychiatrist. I'd want to understand what is provoking her outbursts as well as what is fueling them after they start. Tantrums are associated w/ various challenges -communication delays, anxiety problems, earaches, etc. Expert can help u help her! ...Read more

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Tantrums (Definition)

Tantrums are emotional outbursts in children that usually consist of an uncontrolled mix of crying, stomping, and rolling on the floor. Adults can ...Read more