tantrums 

My Son's Tantrums Leave Me Exhausted!

Dear AdviceMama, I have a 9-year-old son, and three and 2-year-old daughters. My son has had a temper since he was a baby. I thought his tantrums would end by 4 years, but they are getting worse. He throws tantrums for everything: He...
Looking after three young children is tough already, but having one who frequently has tantrums will wear down even the saintliest parent.

Monkey Mamas Give In to Tantrums Too

You're at the grocery with the kids, just hoping to get through this trip without a meltdown. Nearing the end of your shopping list, you feel it building: The tantrum to end all tantrums. You've just got to grab the milk and you're out of there, but...

Teddy Bear Rescue

How far would you go to rescue your child's beloved stuffed teddy bear? Would you climb down the side of a hill in the rain? Two parents in Southern California had to answer that very question recently and found that, while their hearts were in the...

Autistic child receives apology for being asked to leave

Imagine you've just sat down in a restaurant and your five-year-old autistic daughter is making a fuss because her favorite food wasn't on the menu. You're trying to deal with the situation when a waiter comes over and informs you that another...

Effective discipline: changing your child's behavior

At some point or another, every parent comes up against a misbehaving offspring. This might look like a full fledged tantrum: with a drop-to-the floor, sack-of-potatoes limp body of a small child who is wailing at the top of her lungs. Or it might be...

Why your toddler does what she does

The other night -- roughly 2 A.M., I heard my three-year-old come out of her room. I met her in the hallway to take her back to bed, and in my stupor I couldn't wrap my mind around what I was seeing. She was dressed in her sister's pants and a...

Moms and tots: In conflict up to 20 times an hour

If someone asked me how many times a day my toddler and I butt heads, I'd answer "A million." But in all honesty, when I read about a recent study that looked into that exact issue, I was surprised. Researchers found that moms and toddlers argue up...

Time out in the car

I've recruited my Mom to come with me to the mall -- I need to buy a color printer and a cell phone for my Nanny -- and lately it's become nearly impossible to do any kind of shopping with Nolan, even if it's in-and-out. Dragging my beleaguered...

Abandoning ship in the middle of a meltdown

I've been having to drag Nolan to the mall a little more frequently lately, knowing that, with a toddler in tow, it will take me approximately thirteentwenty billion trips to get all my Christmas shopping done. I know, I know, I could shop online but...

Personality-wise, is your child a miniature replica of you?

Wito is an angel in public - very reserved, very mellow and the recipient of many oohs and ahs around the neighborhood. Yet, the minute we get home and shut the door, he turns into a wild child. Running around yelling, on-the-floor tantrums, pulling...

Best bedtime song ever (VIDEO)

When bedtime comes around, do your kids whine, cry, beg for glasses of water or just one more story -- all while claiming they're not tired? If so, you're not alone. Most parents have felt the frustrations associated with trying to get their defiant...

What I have learned about two: don't flush, buckle

I am learning that distraction is the key solution to temper tantrum aversion, but it must be down with precision-force. I pack my purse with sippy cups and caramels before we enter the grocery store, for example, and I am not ashamed to admit that...

The mega-meltdown

If you were in the San Carlos, California Office Depot yesterday around lunchtime or, for that matter, anywhere within a hundred mile radius, that ruckus you heard was Jared having a mega-meltdown. The kicking and screaming, the wailing and crying --...

Bedset, the imaginary friend

Last night, Jared and I were taking the garbage out when he started freaking out and pawing through the recycling bin. He kept saying his imaginary friend was in there. I told him he wasn't, but he said he saw me put him in there. I said I'd only put...

The surprising things that work

Nolan has many favourite activities: among them are sliding at the playground, operating the hose nozzle, sitting on his Unky's dirt bikes, and honking the horn of the family's vehicles. While I love watching him in his gleeful splendor, I've also...

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