So few G-rated movies
12/03/2010 at 10:34 AM

Has anyone else noticed that there are a lot fewer G-rated movies these days? Look at the family movies in theaters for the holiday season -- http://fun.familyeducation.com/slideshow/movie/48962.html -- all rated PG and up.

The next G movie due in theaters is "Gnomeo and Juliet" in February. Where are all the G-rated movies?? Seems like it's because of the profits and popularity of all the 3D movies geared toward older kids.

Parents, do you bring your little kids to the movies and are you missing G-rated films? Or do you mostly just watch movies at home these days because it's gotten expensive to go to the theater?

You've said it's worse when she's tired. Another trigger for my kids is low blood sugar. Try including some form of protein and/or fat in every snack she gets: dairy, nuts, even jerky. Fat and protein take longer to digest than carbohydrates so you don't get the blood sugar spike and then trough that you get with fruit and grain snacks. Somebody else suggested that dehydration may be a trigger, too.

You need to avoid reinforcing the tantrums--don't give her what she wants just to stop the tantrum. Give her a drink of water instead.
Have you directly taught her that pitching a fit will not get her what she wants, that calm discussion MIGHT get her what she wants? You may need to role play the correct way of behaving when she is disappointed or frustrated.

Apart from that, if she is in a safe situation just walk away when she throws a tantrum. If you feel you need to supervise her, do it without emotion.

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So, offer her water to help her calm down, and if she says she needs to go potty, supervise her while she does. If she calms down enough to go I'd ask her if she is ready to come back and be part of the family routine again, or if she needs to go back to her room and calm down some more.

You've told her what doesn't work, teach her what does work. Role play some discussions so that she can practice stating what she DOES want in a calm voice. Then unless it is a safety issue or there is some other reason let her have what she asks for.
You also could offer her choices when that is appropriate. Only two choices though. It could be "Do this chore or that chore," or "Do it now or do it in 5 minutes." It's also a good idea to give children transition time. If you aren't already doing this, try to give her a 5 minute or 2 minute warning when she needs to wrap up what she's engaged in and start doing what you want.

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