My 6 yr old is turning 7 next month. He is still throwing tantrums! Nothing that has worked on other kids is working on him. I have tried time outs and taking away priveledges and even role playing on how he could handle things better. Any moment is a tantrum moment for him. Sometimes, if I am on the phone, I have to dash fast in to a bedroom and lock the door and go in to the closet so the person on the phone cannot hear him screaming. Unfortunately, in today's screamfest, I was sitting on my bed, trying to speak to H&R block about efilings my taxes (which I have already completed) when in comes DS and demands that I drop everything and go look to see if his chore is done so he can play computer. I try to tell him no, I am on the phone, he needs to wait. To top it off, my 1 yr old was asleep in the room. DS mounted his screaming. He wanted me to look NOW and he wanted his computer NOW. He threw himself to the ground screaming. At this point, the baby wakes up and starts crying loudly. I find myself wondering if I should skip doing taxes this year..but they owe us money! This is nuts! I cannot hear the lady from H&R block. She is hearing a bunch of screaming that sounds like I am beating my child, only I am not, because he is screaming so hard. Running to a room with a lock and hiding in the closet does not work in this case as he is already IN my room. Now the baby is in tears and his nap was cut short. So, he will be spending the evening crying, or at least the next long while. I am mad!
This is just a typical example too. This morning, he wanted to eat nutty bars for breakfast. I said no, he can have cereal or toast or muffins that I bought. His dad was trying to be in a meeting for work but DS decided to throw himself on the ground screaming bloody murder that he wants nutty bars!!! He wants them and he wants them now and I am trying to starve him to death! His dad comes running out and asks which bridge we would like to live under when we lose our house because he loses his job over DS's tantrums. DH wants to spank and I am losing this argument.