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Oh, second children. I like to think they confer with their older siblings and check to make sure they're doing the exact opposite things just to make their parents crazy.

So, uh, commiseration is what I'm offering. 15 months is a hazy memory for me but I think you're right to chalk up the behavior to various developmental milestones - teething, growth spurt, some other new thing in his bag of tricks.

The only thing I can think of is giving him a little control, or rather "control", in the form of offering pre-approved choices with a little validation and empathy thrown in for good measure. (As much as I loved _The Happiest Baby on the Block_, I was not a huge fan of the Toddler version. However, it did follow the general choices/validation/empathy advice I see a lot of places, so I took that from it and tossed the rest.)

"Oh, it would be so fun to go outside right now! What a bummer we can't. Instead, would you like to have a snack or play with some puzzles?"

"For your snack, do you want to have the red bowl or the blue bowl?" or "Do you want apples or crackers?" or "Do you want to sit at the table or have a picnic on the floor?" etc.

And if all else fails: "You seem really mad/sad/upset/frustrated. Do you want a hug or would you rather be left alone?" "Are your teeth hurting you? That's no fun, is it? Would you like me to get you a cold wash cloth or some medicine?"

(Sidebar to ask how his language skills are? If he doesn't talk a lot, does he sign? Teaching him the sign for "hurt", e.g., and modeling it* when you ask about his teeth might give him more control, too, with the whole "being understood" thing a lot of not-quite-talkers struggle with.)

When my kids don't or won't make choices themselves, I warn them that they need to make a choice or I will make one for them. Sometimes not making a choice is the choice, you know?

It might not be a speedy magic bullet but maybe with consistency and time (sigh) he'll be right with the world again. At that age, their world is weird and big and a little scary so finding comfort (in the form of control and validation and empathy) helps them learn to navigate. With my kids, it took many iterations but, eventually, they figured whatever-it-was out, calmed down...and moved on to the next big mystery. :)

Hang in there. You're doing great.





* http://asluniversity.com/asl101/pages-signs/h/hurt.htm
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