Are you wondering about how to tame your kid to keep these tantrums at bay?
Well, yes it is indeed very difficult to stop your own meltdown in the middle of the toddler tantrum.
“A little cute cuddle monster turned to a dictator is a tantrum.”
What exactly is a tantrum? (Tantrums Meaning)
Temper tantrums in toddlers are mainly momentary expressions of frustration.
During a temper tantrum, toddlers may often display emotions by crying, yelling, throwing out their arms, kicking their legs, pulling, biting, yanking, screaming etc.
Often, tantrums leave you embarrassed, exhausted and scared of handling your child all by yourself. The good part is that it is only a temporary phase and will clear out soon.
In this post, you will come across some really helpful tips in dealing with toddler tantrums.
Top 10 tips to Handle Your Child’s Temper Tantrums
Reason for temper tantrums:
As a parent, you must understand that one of the main reasons for temper tantrums is that your child is unable to find the right words to express his/her feelings.
- Since the child’s vocabulary is still developing, at times, he/she may not know how to express what he/she is feeling. This leads to irritation and frustration.
- Sometimes, if a child is very tired, he/she may exhibit frustration by throwing a temper tantrum.
Tips to handle temper tantrums:
Handling toddler temper tantrums need you to be smarter than your kid. It only needs a little tact here and there and you can enjoy your motherhood like ever before.
- This is probably one of the finest tact to help you out.
- The smarter you are in diverting your kid that much shorter the tantrum exists.
- A child’s attention span is quite short. This makes it quite easy to divert his/her mind.
- Give your child an option to do something else.
For example: “Let’s peel a banana” or “Why don’t we read your favourite book?” or “Let’s draw something”
Channeling your toddler’s attention towards something he/she likes may help divert his/her mind and thus stop the tantrum/meltdown.
- You need to set a routine for your child every time.
- Your toddler would want to know what is coming next though he may not express it.
- You need to set a proper routine for your child.
- In this way, he would get an understanding of his bath time, play time, nap time etc.
- A child gets accustomed to a set routine very soon and hence it reduces the amount of tantrums to a great extent.
8. Avoid going out during your toddler’s nap time:
- Toddlers often get too cranky if they are sleep deprived.
- Unlike adults, these little ones cannot delay there nap comfortably.
A sleep deprived toddler is always in a bad mood and therefore more prone to developing tantrums.
7. Carry some food and toys:
- If you want to go out shopping or buying grocery then make sure you carry a water bottle and some snacks for your child.
- Small kids are often fussy about what they may want to eat.
- Carrying some snacks would always help you to avoid tantrums that might develop due to hunger.
- A toy can be of great help in such situations.
- Let your child bring along his/her favourite toy.
- It’ll provide him/her comfort if he/she gets irritable.
- Just carry some favorite snacks for your child which you think he may eat.
- This will help you to avoid a lot of trouble and would also make your outing a lot more comfortable.
6. Go to soothing places:
- In India, most of the time we are heat struck due to the climatic conditions prevailing here.
- Taking kids to hot places will make them very uncomfortable and you may find your kid start crying due to heat.
- It is advisable to take your kids to parks or outdoors in the evenings when the temperatures have dropped to a great extent.
5. Avoid crowded places:
- Too much hustle bustle around can again turn off your little lolo.
- He may find it difficult to stay in crowded places for long.
- Your child may get really scared and uncomfortable in a crowd and can start a tantrum, making your outing very uneasy.
4. Stay Calm
However, the worst thing that can happen is for parents to have a temper tantrum while their child is in the middle of one.
- Deal with your child’s tantrum in a positive way.
- Take a deep breath and keep your cool.
3. Talk to your child
- DO NOT scream at your child.
- Talk to your toddler mildly and ask what happened.
- Give him a hug. Assure your child that everything is fine and try and calm him/her down.
- Ask your child “Do you need something?”or “Are you tired?”or “Are you hungry?”
2. Establish a reward
- Let your child know that if he/she can calm down, you will reward him/her.
- A reward can be anything like a small toy or candy.
However, do not make this a habit. This method of handling your child’s temper tantrums can only lead you your child assuming that if he/she cries, he/she will receive what he/she want.
- Use this method only as a last option.
- One of the best methods to handle your child’s temper tantrum is to IGNORE it.
- Give your child his/her space.
- Ignore the tantrum and allow the toddler to calm down.
- Ignoring may be extremely difficult for you, but it’s one of the most effective methods.
- However, ignoring all situations is not right.
- You need to understand your child’s behaviour and adopt a particular method that you feel is the best.
These are some of the tips which would help you to avoid toddler temper tantrums most of the time.
You only need to be smart and understanding in dealing with your child and very soon he will get tamed to grow up to become a well behaved child.
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