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Tantrums marmarissa 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Ottawa, ON, Canada 8256 posts
Dec 22nd '16

I know that they're normal in children, but I need to know how to deal with this lol.

DD is 15 months old and she smacks herself in the face every time I say no or tell her to stop doing something.  I've tried not using the word no and being softer about the way I tell her to stop something (not raising my voice) but she always smacks herself.   It makes me so sad to watch her do it because it's clear that she's doing it out of frustration.

Is this something she will grow out of?   Any ideas how I can change this behavior?

Have Heart 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Western, NY, United States 9013 posts
Dec 22nd '16

well, smacking herself is better than how DS1 would throw himself on the floor and repeatedly bang his head against the floor.

♡J+C+B+J+0=5♡ 5 kids; Godfrey, IL, United States 5321 posts
Dec 22nd '16

Quoting Hi, I'm Sarah. ❤:
well, smacking herself is better than how DS1 would throw himself on the floor and repeatedly bang his head against the floor.


Thats what my 3 year old used to do. It started at about 15 months old and it lasted until a few months after he turned 2. He would even get bruises on his forehead. We got kicked out of our day care center because of it.

Have Heart 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Western, NY, United States 9013 posts
Dec 22nd '16

Quoting ♡J+C+B+J+0=5♡:

Thats what my 3 year old used to do. It started at about 15 months old and it lasted until a few months after he turned 2. He would even get bruises on his forehead. We got kicked out of our day care center because of it.


He started doing it from like the time he started crawling. and got worse when he started walking, because he'd just full on face plant. he stopped doing it just after he was a year and a half or so. he still throws himself at the floor though.... he's doing it now actually.... just laying there waiting for me to acknowledge that he's just laying there.

Have Heart 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Western, NY, United States 9013 posts
Dec 22nd '16

my only advice is redirection. if she's doing something she shouldn't... pick her up and take her to do something else. or hand her something. distract her with other things, don't give her the opportunity to become upset.... as hard as that it... my god, toddlers are so emotional. lol.

browncrayon07 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Dixon, Il, United States 2329 posts
Dec 22nd '16

Quoting Hi, I'm Sarah. ❤:

He started doing it from like the time he started crawling. and got worse when he started walking, because he'd just full on face plant. he stopped doing it just after he was a year and a half or so. he still throws himself at the floor though.... he's doing it now actually.... just laying there waiting for me to acknowledge that he's just laying there.


This made me giggle. It is not funny by any means, but I can just picture the scene right now lol. DS used to act like this, and if I made the slightest move or sound he would stop, look to see if I'm watching and then carry on. It use to make me laugh, which made him even more angry.

OP, my best advice is either redirect, or do not acknowledge it. Most of the time they act out because they think you will react. Ignoring it usually works, but sometimes they don't know how to deal with the emotion they are feeling. If thats the case then you teach her(redirect) how to handle it. If that makes sense.

marmarissa 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Ottawa, ON, Canada 8256 posts
Dec 22nd '16

Thanks guys!   I'll try to redirect her and see how that goes Super Happy

Have Heart 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Western, NY, United States 9013 posts
Dec 23rd '16

Quoting marmarissa❄:
Thanks guys!   I'll try to redirect her and see how that goes Super Happy



best of luck. <3

Have Heart 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Western, NY, United States 9013 posts
Dec 23rd '16

Quoting browncrayon07:

This made me giggle. It is not funny by any means, but I can just picture the scene right now lol. DS used to act like this, and if I made the slightest move or sound he would stop, look to see if I'm watching and then carry on. It use to make me laugh, which made him even more angry.

OP, my best advice is either redirect, or do not acknowledge it. Most of the time they act out because they think you will react. Ignoring it usually works, but sometimes they don't know how to deal with the emotion they are feeling. If thats the case then you teach her(redirect) how to handle it. If that makes sense.



OMG, the stuff he does makes it so hard for me to keep a straight face. His newest thing is he'll do something  bad and you'll call out to him like "you better not be (fill in the blank)" and he'll be like "sorry mom, going to bed". like, thanks for disciplining yourself. or he'll prance thru the living room with his head hung and you'll ask him what's wrong and he'll be like "going to time out, I was bad". geese kid, ok.

marmarissa 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Ottawa, ON, Canada 8256 posts
Dec 23rd '16

Quoting Hi, I'm Sarah. ❤:


OMG, the stuff he does makes it so hard for me to keep a straight face. His newest thing is he'll do something  bad and you'll call out to him like "you better not be (fill in the blank)" and he'll be like "sorry mom, going to bed". like, thanks for disciplining yourself. or he'll prance thru the living room with his head hung and you'll ask him what's wrong and he'll be like "going to time out, I was bad". geese kid, ok.



38 Lol!!