Gavin had a huge tantrum tonight because he didn’t listen and ripped something out of Emmett’s hands.
It got pretty ugly and the boys were hiding in Elliott’s room while I managed Gavin in the living room.
While he wasn’t aggressive towards anyone but himself he was extremely loud and disruptive. It got so bad that we took his stuffed animal, after repeatedly warning him. That really set him off.
It was at this point that I threatened to call the police. This was not an empty threat either.
This would be an absolute last resort because Elliott and Emmett would be completely freaked out by that, possibly more than they were by the tantrum itself.
Gavin kept screaming not my teddy, not my teddy. I was like, how about not the police, not the police?
His response was yeah, I don’t want that either.
Either he doesn’t think we will actually call or he doesn’t care. I’m not sure which. Either way, I got him upstairs to his room and he started to lose it again. I reminded him that if this continues, I will call the police, and it will not be pleasant for him.
It wasn’t an empty threat, as I was prepared to follow through. I didn’t want to do that though because I don’t know how it would impacted the younger kids, to see the police come and take Gavin away.
Lizze and I both were very concerned about that.
In the end, we got him to his room and contained him. The boys were okay and distracted by the TV.
Did we handle this right? I don’t have the answer to that. However, sometimes we can only do what we can do. The idea of have the police involved and the drama that would have caused, seemed worse than what we were dealing with.
As I said, I was prepared to follow through but grateful it wasn’t necessary.
This was posted via WordPress for Android, courtesy of Samsungs Galaxy S III. Please forgive any typos. I do know how to spell but auto-correct hate me.
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