10 Tips To Deal With Toddler Tantrums
The initial years of growth or toddlerhood are one of the most challenging phases for a child. As a result, it gets overwhelmed or fearful or excited when it has to experience a new thing. This feeling of anxiety and fear is the one which stimulates tantrums. Sometimes tantrums are easy to control, at others, it’s out of your control. Have you been experiencing these ‘not under my control’ tantrums, which your little one has been throwing, since the past few days? Then you’ve come to the right place. We present to you with top 10 tips on dealing with toddler tantrums.
1. Give space
Research reveals, tantrums are sometimes the result of the anger and frustration that arise when a child’s need is not met or when he/she is not given the desired space or independence. Hence, when your darling breaks into an outburst, the first thing that you do is give it some space. Let him/her cry and pacify himself/herself on their own. You need not intervene.
2. Try to distract
When your child throws a tantrum, the best thing that you can do is distract it. For example, if your child is crying for a toy, give him/her a story book or teach a new game or simply talk about something else. If that doesn’t stop the crying, take your child to another room or another place.
3. Find the cause of the tantrum
Finding the cause of the tantrum can help you in two ways. It will help you distract your child from the cause of the tantrum and also eliminate it in the future. Say, your child throws a tantrum because he/she wants to touch the computer. Once you track this cause, you can shift the computer to another room, which can be kept locked.
4. Avoid the trigger
As mentioned earlier, the best way to avoid a tantrum is to avoid the trigger. Suppose, your child creates a scene in the shopping mall for chocolates, then you can avoid shopping with your child altogether. Ask your husband to shop for a few months or you may ask him to take care of your baby until you come back from shopping. Isn’t that an easy way?
5. Don’t get irritated
No matter how uncontrollable your child gets, never get irritated with him/her. Children don’t understand what you say, they can only understand your expressions. And if you seem irritated, they feel horrified and may again throw a tantrum that was slowly coming to an end. Children view your irritability as your inability to tackle their tantrum and they assume that there is some serious problem at hand that even mom doesn’t have an answer for. And so, they feel even more scared.