Heidi LPC : Hi there! I believe we worked together this morning on your question about daycare and the positive vs. negative reinforcement. To add to that conversation, yes--- 2's can be "stubborn", however, they will learn to do what works. If tantrums work for them, meaning they get what they want, they will continue. Have you ever given in in the past when he tantrums? It usually takes many lessons for little ones to gain self-control and learn to manage frustration--- many adults still cannot do it! :-)
Heidi LPC : In terms of his need for juice, did you let him see the refrigerator to prove that there wasn't any? I am sure he really wanted some and was frustrated that it wasn't available. Your offering of other choices was great... choices are key in managing this age & stage. They are just tiny little people who are trying their best to learn how to get along and get their needs met, and really have quite a lot to learn in such a short period of time.
Heidi LPC : Sometimes, we just have to let the tantrum burn out itself, not giving attention as you wisely didn't, and eventually the child realizes that it just won't solve their problem. Saying, "When you are finished crying, come and find me and we will play."... gives the child a reason to end it quickly.
Heidi LPC : Kids really just need our comfort, safety and our teaching, clear boundaries, and love. Keep providing these, and you will get through the two's with limited issues! I hope this was somewhat helpful to you, and let me know if you'd like further information! Have a good night!