We survived yet another tantrum


Gavin had a huge tantrum, shortly after arriving home from school today.  He lost his choice for dinner tonight because we caught him lying to us again.

The tantrum began in the dining room and eventually was moved upstairs and into his bedroom..

This was probably the most aggressive to date however, it was short lived.

I flat out told him that I knew he was doing this on purpose and that was evident by the many times he stopped to check the time or his heart rate.

I told him that if he makes contact with anything other than his mattress or screamed into anything other than his pillow,  he would be having oatmeal for breakfast in the morning.

No sooner did I say that,  he stopped, dead in his tracks.

He realized that the tantrum was no longer of any benefit to him and that by continuing he would be losing his choice for breakfast in the morning.

That was that.

It was the most explosive we have seen but it didn’t last more than 15 or 20 minutes.

That was a really good choice in Gavin’s part to quit while he was ahead.  I made sure to tell him that as well.

There is still a great deal of stress and overstimulation to deal with as a result but no one was hurt and nothing was broken.

I’ll take what I can get.

 

 

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rebeccamagliozzi

thanks Goodness. I am glad you got it to stop so quickly. These tantrum things really get scarier as they get older. I really wish my son's school could start bolting the furniture to the floors. He threw a chair the other day.

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