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5 Helpful Methods to Handle a Tantrum
Dealing with a toddler who is constantly throwing temper tantrums can cause parents to question their parenting skills. This article reassures parents that tantrums are a normal way for some children to communicate. Most times, children outgrow the tendency to through tantrums .Five tips are given for helping parents survive their child's tantrum stage and to emerge safely on the other side.
Do you have a toddler who tends to throw temper tantrums? If so, do not despair. It is not a reﬂection of your parenting abilities, nor is it an insurmountable problem. In most cases, children outgrow their tendency to throw tantrums as they learn to express feelings of anger and frustration in more appropriate ways.
1. Remain Calm.
Unfortunately, this can be easier said than done. When dealing with an angry, screaming child, parents often react by becoming angry themselves and raising their own voices toward the child. While that may be a natural reaction, it is the exact opposite of what you should do. Reacting in such a way only feeds the tantrum. If you are able to remain calm, your child will likely follow suit in short order.
2. Keep Your Child Safe.
Many children express their anger by ﬂailing around violently and perhaps even throwing themselves backward. As a result, they often hit their heads, fall off chairs, or injure themselves in some other way. Your primary responsibility during the tantrum is to make sure your son or daughter does not cause an injury to himself or herself.
3. Make Sure he’s far from other things.
Prevent your child from pushing or throwing objects when a Child has a temper tantrum while sitting at the dinner table, for example, his or her plate can easily end up on the ﬂoor. If the child is holding a toy, it may be hurled across the room (perhaps toward a brother or sister). Books may be tom or lamps may be pushed over during the outburst. Be aware of the potential dangers and restrain your child as necessary.
4. Provide a distraction for your child.
Try to draw his or her focus away from the subject of the tantrum. For example, if the tantrum was ignited over a breakable moment you do not want your child to handle, take advantage of your child's short attention span by directing his or her interest toward a favorite toy or noisemaker instead. The more familiar you become with your child's signs that a tantrum is imminent, the more you will be able to provide the distraction pre-emptively and , avoid the ordeal altogether.
5. Never give in to the tantrum.
If you do, you will be rewarding the tantrum and reinforcing the negative behaviour. Your child will learn that the way to get what he or she wants is to throw a temper tantrum. You will then ﬁnd yourself in a seemingly endless cycle of one tantrum after another. Reward good behaviour, not poor behaviours.
Dealing with toddler temper tantrums can be a stressful, hazardous, and potentially embarrassing time for parents.
By consistently following these ﬁve tips, and by teaching your child better ways to communicate desires and express frustration, you and your child can weather the storm and emerge safely on the other side.
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