tantrums

As the title indicates, we are firmly in the toddler zone. Monkey does not like to be told no or redirected. The yelling and flailing of body parts doesn’t really phase me, but he has taken to doing some major head banging, which is just disturbing to see. For a while now he has been banging his head on our sliding glass door just for fun. We just keep on redirecting until he finally loses interest (it takes several tries). Now when he is angry or frustrated, he will forcefully bang his head against a wall, door, another head (OW!), or the floor. The other day we were at a local park that has a duck pond. He wanted to rush into the water, of course. I would stop him, much to his dismay. One of the times, he got down on his hands and knees and attempted to bang his forehead on the concrete ground! He pretty much always has a bruise or two on his forehead. I’ve looked it up and apparently this is normal toddler behavior, but damn is it ever horrible to see. I hope it passes quickly.

Any of you seeing this type of behavior? If so, how do you handle it?

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  1. jac

    Doesn’t it seem like the “terrible 2s” are starting already? Liam doesn’t bang his head when he doesn’t get what he wants, but he will throw and hit stuff though. I don’t really know what do do either. 😦 I try to ignore, and distract him with something else. Sometimes it works, sometimes is doesn’t.

  2. yeah…we are having tantrum issues too. let me know if you figure it out 😉

  3. I read the happiest toddler on the block and I liked the beginning especially. It explained how toddlers are really cavemen and how to talk to them in caveman language. I don’t think there is a magic cure for tantrums, but it really helped me to think about her as a caveman.

  4. Ryan also bangs his head – usually the back of his head, not the forehead. I don’t know what the solution is but… oy!!

  5. ouch. for monkey’s head and mommies’ hearts.

  6. I’m surprised it’s just starting now 😉 Curly started having tantrums at 11 months old but at just past 2 now, they’re not bad (mostly just a little crying and possibly laying down on the floor passively). The key is not giving in and having a routine…our routine being a warning and then a time out. For the head-pounding, etc tantrums, there’s really not much you can do but wait it out. They’re doing it to themselves and it’s something they’ll have to grow out of. Happiest Toddler on the Block was a pretty good book…there’s definitely lots out there. Good luck…all part of being a parent!

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