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Old 08-20-2012, 10:49 AM   #1
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DS1 is 4.5. He melts down to tears every time he gets frustrated about anything. This morning, he wanted to type in a website and hit the wrong letter. He burst into tears. I told him I would be happy to help when he composed himself. At which point he ran crying to his room. I am totally not one of those "boys can't cry" types, but these crying meltdowns are ridiculous. I tell him all the time that doing things wrong is how we learn to do them right and it's ok to make mistakes.

What else can I do about this meltdown attitude? It drives me bonkers. He falls apart in tears about doing anything wrong. We've never yelled or criticized him for anything like that.


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Old 08-20-2012, 11:18 AM   #2
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my only suggestion would be to do what you're doing. Very calmly tell him that we'll work it out as soon as he cams down. I send my 3 yo DD to her room and just tell her she came come out when she's calmed down. She's not in trouble, but that's where we have our crying fits.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:52 PM   #3
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My almost 3 yr old is like this too. She yells and gets frustrated and starts crying over the littlest things. I try to be calm, firm, and get her to count to 10. Usually this distracts her long enough to stop crying and breathe. If not, she goes to 'time out', not for being bad but to get a hold of herself. After 2-3 minutes I give her a hug and a kiss and we sing the "keep trying" song (Yo Gabba Gabba) and do it again.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:31 PM   #4
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Mine is like this too! No advice, just
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:25 PM   #5
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