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    Default Help me stop a compulsive thrower

    DS is 22 months. He throws everything!!! All the time!!!. It's driving me nuts. I have tried taking the toys away. I've tried telling him "no" constantly. I've tried throwing games to give him an outlet for throwing. What else can I try???

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    This probably isn't much help, but it's probably just a phase. I wouldn't pay a whole heap of attention to it- the more attention he gets for it the more he may think it's a game. I also wouldn't encourage the throwing 'games' right now. He's too little to understand why it's okay to throw sometimes and not others.

    If it were my little one, I'd make sure there was nothing too messy/dangerous for him to throw in the first place. Then if he did throw (a toy etc) I would say something like 'we don't throw our toys, play nicely with the toy or it will have to be packed away' and give him one more chance. If he threw again I'd take it away.

    Also if he is throwing food, set up a plastic mat or old sheet under where he eats, just to make life easier for you.

    It's a really common phase

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    Thanks for the reply. I have tried everything you have suggested in the past. I'm afraid it has gone way past being a "phase". It has been over 6 months, it did get better for a couple of weeks a while back but is now back even worse if that is possible. He has now started throwing things at me. Apart from taking away every single toy, dummy, sippy cup, book etc I can not see how it will stop.

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    He throws something and you react, it's fun for him. I know it will be hard especially now he's throwing things at you but try to completely ignore him. Don't look at him or what he's thrown, just walk away. If he does hit you, cry and see how he reacts.

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    I do try to not react but after about 15 things have been thrown across the room I can't always help it.

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    Make sure he cant get things that are breakable and just walk away and let him go for it. He will eventually tire from getting nothing out of it and once he's done tell him he needs to help pick it all up. If he doesn't help then put it in a garbage bag and tell him he cant have them back and put them away. You need to be persistant

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    NO real help frpm me. I have a thrower too. In fact we just lost our $600 led tv due to throwing. He tossed a toy at the tv and smash...Big un repairable crack down the middle. He'll be getting a bill on his 21st birthday i reckon.
    The only thing thats worked is taking the toy he throws. And being consistant.

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    WiseOldOwl...did you know your sig says your son is 20 yrs old lol.
    (if he's still throwing at that age I'd be throwing him out )

    ETA; Oops I just re read....the thrower is your foster son?


 

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