Having to cope with temper tantrums is definitely one of the most embarrassing and difficult things that a parent will ever have to deal with.
So what can be done about them?
Experts believe that the way to effectively handle temper tantrums will depend on how old your child is and that the way that you deal with the issue with your child can result in different outcomes.
Although all of us are aware of the terrible twos, quite often tantrums can begin when a child is around one or two years old when their crying can turn into frustration.
It isn’t simply about getting attention. It is an emotional outburst that is due to the fact that a child is unable to do what he wants to do and doesn’t have a way of communicating that.
With this kind of outburst, the best thing to do is distract your child – take his mind off whatever he was upset about and get him involved in another activity. If you help him finish the activity that can also help with this type of situation.
If you are going to be away from the house make sure to pack everything you are going to need with you – snacks, bottles, books, toys, and anything else to keep your little one entertained.
By the time a child is around two and a half years old, they start to demand attention whenever they throw a temper tantrum. Although is often referred to as the terrible twos, the phase can last until a while is four or five years old.
When they are that age, children will often throw a temper tantrum whenever they don’t get something they want. Although it is very easy to just give in to your child and hand over the candy they want, that isn’t the best thing you can do to teach them not to throw a fit.
The best thing that you can do to deal with those type of outburst is to pay as little attention to them as possible. It is much easier when you are at home since you don’t need to worry about being judged by other people due to all the noise they are making.
However, when you are out in public, move someplace more private until your child’s tantrum is over. If you are in a store, try to leave and go outside until your child has calmed down.
Tips For How To Deal With Temper Tantrums:
- Remain calm. If you start to yell back, you are behaving exactly like your child is. They will think that the behaviour they are exhibiting is appropriate.
- Bend down so that you are at the same level as your child and look him in the eye. That demonstrates that you are listening and trying to understand him.
- When your child is well behaved, use positive enforcement. They will get attention without demanding it and that might help to avoid them throwing tantrums.
- If you promised your child that you would take him to the park make sure that you stuck with it. If you go back on your promise, a tantrum is definitely on the way.
- Stay strong and don’t give in to your child. If he is throwing a tantrum because he wants candy, don’t give it to him just because that’s the easy thing to do. No needs to mean no.
- Don’t worry too much about what other people think of you. Focus on your child.