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My ds (3.5) seems slowly to be outgrowing those horribly violent tantrums. There was a period over the winter when I was at a loss.

The only thing I could do was to hold him down - either squeeze him on my lap with his arms pinned down or even lie on top of him on the floor or bed - and tell him over and over that I loved him and that I'm not going to let him hurt me or himslef because I love him.

Yeah, just ignoring the tantrum doesn't work because he either doesn't stay where I leave him or he will destroy something or hurt himself.

I sure felt awful holding him down and I don't know if that was the best thing to do, but it really was the only thing I could do.

Best of luck and remember, this too shall pass...

Take good care,
lilgreen
 
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