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26/01/2011 at 10:43
I'm putting together a feature for Practical Parenting magazine about tantrum triggers, how to spot the signs of one coming and how to cope.
Cna you tell when your toddler is going to have one?
Is it usually tiredness, boredom, hunger or being ignored that triggers one off?
Please share your stories on here or by emailing email@example.com.
Liz, PP x
26/01/2011 at 13:51
my little boy charlie is 3 and when he is tired he has a complete melt down bless him, you know when a tantrum is about to kick off because his little face screws up into a type of scowl and if we notice it we try to change the subject or distract him with something if we dont catch it then we have lots of winging, whining,possibly tears and lots of angry shouts.
9 times out of 10 its due to tiredness but sometimes if he doesnt get ur attention straight away then that causes them to.
we try to stay calm and distract him with other things but it doesnt always work out that way as i'm sure other mummy and daddys know, but its a way of toddler life and a way of learning for them, and i'm sure as he grows up they will hopefully die down lol well i can hope i suppose
26/01/2011 at 14:21
Thanks for this-I've have Private messaged you for some more details if that's ok?
27/01/2011 at 10:19
Hi there, Mia usually starts when I'm just plating up tea and she is hungry but can't eat it right that second. I keep tons of carrots in now so she get eat one while I'm getting ready as it generally sets Ava off then tea is a disaster if it gets out of hand.
Her other major meltdown point is if she gets over tired. One minute she is fine and then toys are everywhere and she starts shouting. If she is playing in her room she will tuck herself in sometimes when she gets tired early.
Hope you are well
27/01/2011 at 11:28
Thanks-I will PM you,
27/01/2011 at 13:13
Hunger is a trigger with my now 6 year old.It seems to come on like clockwork around 5pm.Suddenly there's a troll standing at the kitchen door demanding to know why dinner's taking so long.We had some seriously embarassing incidents when he was a toddler at restaurants for the same reason.
Also tiredness and a new situation he's not expecting can be triggers.The tiredness is better now he's older but if we're going to do something like the first trip to the dentist,having shoes fitted,I've in the past nowt explain when you get there this happens,taking his shoes off in public caused a serious meltdown last time so this time I had to remind him exactly what was going to happen.
02/02/2011 at 14:50
My eldest girls have very rarely thrown tantrums, had the old wobble when hungry or tired and when coming down with an illness but otherwise nothing much at all. My youngest seems to be on a mission to make up for the lack of tantrums from her sisters now though. At the moment anything can set her off! She's stubborn and will not take no for an answer and very impatient too! If she's hungry or tired she will not react with a tantrum but will either go bang on the door to go upstairs or rest against my legs or tries to get in the kitchen to point at the food cupboards whereas her sisters would stamp feet, cry and demand to be fed she is surprisingly calm and willing to wait for 5 minutes.
If her sister has a toy she wants or they turn off In the Night Garden or Peppa Pig we have full scale screaming and throwing herself around the floor. She's only 16mths so I'm hoping once she is able to talk a bit more she will calm down!
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