Temper tantrums are hard to handle especially when your child hits their terrible twos. Mentioned within this article are ways that can help you understand what your child is going through and help your deal with their tantrums in a calm and controlled manner.
- Kids cannot understand their emotions or communicate them properly to adults.
- When they throw a tantrum, time outs can help calm your child.
- Hunger and lack of sleep makes kids angry. Avoid a situation like this altogether
Temper tantrums are hard to handle especially when your child hits their terrible twos. As parents we assume that a tantrum equals naughtiness or a way to get something they want. This, however, is not true.
Kids are often unable to understand their own emotions and can’t communicate. Tantrums are a way for them to communicate. Mentioned below are ways that can help you understand what your child is going through and help you deal with their tantrums better.
Avoid such tantrums
Children don’t always throw tantrums when they want to get their way. Sometimes hunger or sleep gets to them and leaves them frustrated. When that happens, they throw tantrums to express their emotions.
As parents, you should recognise factors that can trigger these outbursts. Prepare a nap schedule to avoid recurring tantrums during the day. Always keep a healthy snack handy in case your child feels hungry after school or sports sessions.
Time out the tantrum
When your child is in middle of a tantrum, chances are that reasoning with him/her will be useless. Give them a time out. Time out is a term used to describe a brief break away from whatever is happening. This will give your child the time to think about why he/she is throwing a tantrum, collect his thoughts, and verbalize them to you better.
Send them to a safe place
Ask your child to retreat to a safe place to think about their behavior. A safe place is wherever your child is most comfortable, like their bedroom or playroom or anywhere else in the house. This will help your child understand that their behavior is unacceptable and won’t be catered to. However, make sure that this is not interpreted as a punishment.
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