My son will be turning three in January. He's always been spirited but lately his raging temper tantrums have gotten worse or i've become worse at handling them.
They happen every single day. I feel so frustrated and like such a failure because I have no idea how to subdue them. He becomes like a wild boar. It's horrible. I try to curb them early, but every day something sets him off. It makes me want to cry. I'm exhausted from all my tactics.
He naps in guarderia (Spanish daycare) and eats rather early, so I do try to get him fed when he comes home. I know the little guy must be tired as well, but I pick him up at such an awkward time that it's tricky to get him down for a nap. So we spend our afternoons like this:
- Pick up, quick activity (like a walk around the block or juice at the nearby cafe)
- Home/snack time where we watch an episode of Dora or two
- Outside park time
- Home to cook dinner...he plays with his toys
- Dad comes home and I let him takeover.
- Bath, bed. Done.
Usually between steps one and bed time, he has a prolonged temper tantrum. Like, balls out. And he-s started calling me tanto, something he picked up in the guarde.
Point is, I honestly don't know what to do about these rage fits. He has his blue chair for when things get out of hand, but does he really get that he's there because he's flown off the handle? I tell him why he-s there before and after. But still, I don't know if perhaps he-s too young for time out. I don-t know.
I try so hard to be patient. But sometimes, seriously, I just want to crawl under the covers and hide.
Any and all advice welcome.
Edited by dayxday - 10/20/11 at 8:07am