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Out of Control Tantrums!


I have a little 3.5 year old who is completely out of control. I admit we have let him run the house a little bit as he is a little spitfire and makes things unpleasant (i.e. screams as loudly as possible) when he doesn’t get his way especially outside the home. It’s embarrassing. I usually take him home but that doesn’t seem to work. He will do it again in the future. He interrupts incessantly with adult conversations, he throws hour long screaming tantrums, and he rarely listens to instructions without arguing, dawdling or ignoring. He even often throws a fit and outright refuses! Once a really happy, cheerful and affectionate boy now has become increasingly sullen and unhappy. How do I take back control? It seems nothing we do works. The tantrums are bigger than ever!

I have read some questions and answers here which recommend tickets and charts. Do you recommend them at all for this age? I’ve been holding off as he seems a bit young. But we need to do something! Even my very patient husband is at his wit's end. Any thoughts?

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