- 09-14-2011, 01:05 PM #9
in that case your child IS crying for attention, literally.... i would have no problem whatsoever with going and comforting them. at that age, comfort is as important as food. BUT if your child is screaming out of anger because he doesn't want to clean up or he wants ice cream... THAT is a totally different story.
- 09-14-2011, 01:05 PM #10
But last night, I really was ready to let him cry... I was so mad at him..... But saw my hubby helplessly trying to calm him down, and we both have to work on the next day.
- 09-14-2011, 04:34 PM #11Registered User
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I don't think explaining most things to a 14-month-old really works--unless it is very simple. As you said, children at that age don't really have the cognitive ability to comprehend that type of reasoning I've always thought "no" was enough of an explanation for a child that age. I understand what you mean by replacing an object with another to keep a child from crying but I think that's totally different than every time a child cries (especially throwing a tantrum which to me means throwing their bodies on the floor and making a huge scene of it) because they aren't getting their way or exactly what they want looking for an object (or food) to pacify them and make them stop crying. That's a really tricky road to be walking down.
This summer I taught in a playgroup and there as an 18-month-old boy whose grandmother did exactly that--she couldn't and wouldn't tell the little boy no and he was such a terror with the other children--constantly snatching their toys, pushing them around and then having a tantrum when he didn't get exactly what he wanted when he wanted it that the other parents and children didn't even want to be around him. His grandma was always just shoving a bottle or food in his mouth or finding another object to "make him happy." All I can say is "yikes"--the child already had a "social handicap" at 18-months-old because of the poor parenting choices of his grandmother. I feel sorry for him and his family because interviews for kindergarten roll around when children aren't even 2-years-old (my son was not even 2 when he interviewed for kindergarten) and staff don't look kindly on that type of behavior--seriously limits the child's choices.
I have seen that children basically do what we allow and expect them to. So, whatever behavior my son is doing that I find inappropriate--it's best for me to just look at my parenting style and see where that behavior is being reinforced. Children are also much more capable than we give them credit for.
Not saying your child is like that but I simply believe a tantrum should rarely if ever be rewarded. It's different if a baby wakes up from his sleep and needs to be cuddled back to sleep once in awhile. That's normal. But, I've seen adults in HK running around constantly trying just to keep the child happy--it's like watching a circus act with the juggler just trying to keep all the balls in the air. That's just not a reflection of what real life is about--sometimes the answer does need to be no--and not because something is dangerous but just simply because it's not the time or place for it. I'll tell you what, we started young with my son (6 months-old) and it's awesome that today he can say, "I want ice cream" and I will reply, "I know you want ice cream right now. Ice cream is really nice. But, we're not going to have ice cream, okay?" And he will reply, "Okay" without even questioning me. It probably would be a totally different story if I just had said "yes" to everything he had requested as a toddler. I think it's never too early to start modeling and teaching self control.“Many women have described their experiences of childbirth as being associated with a
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- 09-14-2011, 04:52 PM #12
i think i just had that same ice cream conversation with my 6 year old....
'mummy, can i have ice cream?'
'but i really want ice cream!'
'yes, ice cream is delicious, but it is not an "every day" food'
- 09-14-2011, 05:46 PM #13
My boy hasn't have that kind of tantum yet. And I think he hasn't yet because 1) he cannot communicate quite well (probably that is why he feel so frustrated), 2) his mobility is not that developed to throw this kind of tantrum yet.
This morning he just stood on my bed, raised his hand toward my desk, opened his hand and said "bah bah" like wanting to reach something. I knew he wanted my iphone. Instead I handled him my brush, which was next to the phone, and said "What? do you want my brush? Here, take it!"... he looked disappointed, but took it anyway, lol... Probably in few more weeks he would be screaming and crying "NO!!!! PHONE PHONE!!!"
- 09-14-2011, 10:32 PM #14Registered User
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After speaking to a few mums I have decided to give "time-outs" a try, although deep down I'm still rather cynical about the effectiveness of such techniques on someone "only" 15 months old. The next challenge of course is to train the helper and the husband on this (not helped by the fact that I'm off on business all week next week), but that would be an entirely different discussion....
- 09-14-2011, 10:32 PM #15Registered User
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And btw thank you ALL for your very helpful replies! :)
- 09-14-2011, 10:41 PM #16
problem is this, if you are cynical about it... you go into it believing it won't work... then most people end up giving up too easily...
good luck... you are going to need it! ;)
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