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Hi, our son has been throwing tantrums (screaming, throwing toys, hitting tables/chairs/etc) when he gets frustrated.  He knows what he wants to do, like draw a perfect circle or make two legos fit together just so, and when it doesn't work out on the first or second try, he has been coming unglued.

 

We have been working with him through it, practicing "taking a deep breath," going outside to "scream and holler," hitting softer things like pillows instead of hard things to keep him from hurting his hands and feet, encouraging him to try again, etc.  

 

I am wondering if anyone has any advice for other things to try? I know this is a difficult age, and I want to keep encouraging him.  I also don't want to discourage him from bottling up his strong emotions, but the daily frequency of these scenes are wearing me down!

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