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7 Tips for Every Parent: How to Deal with Those Never Ending Toddler Tantrums
Managing toddler tantrums doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience – use these seven tips to help parents master the skill!
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Most parents of young children have to deal with the occasional toddler tantrum. It can range from a sad face and quiet refusal to do something, to screaming and physical outbursts. Dealing with tantrums is a difficult skill to learn, but there are some practical solutions that parents can use to help stop a tantrum in its tracks. In this blog, I will provide seven tips for parents of young children that can help them manage toddler tantrum effectively.
The first tip is to remain calm. It’s easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed when your toddler is having a tantrum, but it’s important to remember that this is a normal part of toddlerhood. Taking a deep breath and counting to ten can help you remain in control of the situation, which will ultimately make it easier for you to address the tantrum in an effective way.
The second tip is to identify the cause of the tantrum. Taking the time to figure out what is triggering the tantrum can help you find a solution that focuses on the root of the problem. Oftentimes, a tantrum is the result of a child feeling overwhelmed or uncertain about a situation. Understanding what is setting off your child can help you create a plan for addressing the problem.
The third tip is to encourage your child to use their words to express their feelings. This can be difficult for younger children but it is important to provide them with a vocabulary to explain their emotions. Make sure to explain to them that using their words helps you to understand how they are feeling and helps you to find a solution.
The fourth tip is to give your child choices. Allow your child to make choices that they can handle. This gives them a sense of control and allows them to feel free to make decisions. Being able to feel in control of a situation can help to reduce the anger and frustration that often leads to a tantrum.
The fifth tip is to set boundaries and be consistent. Young children can have a hard time recognizing boundaries, so it is important to set clear expectations and a schedule to keep them in line. Establishing consistent routines and disciplining your child when they overstep boundaries can help you to regain control when a tantrum arises.
The sixth tip is to use positive reinforcement when your child is behaving well. Reward your child when they are behaving in a way that is appropriate, so they will want to repeat the behavior. This is an effective way to teach your child the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behavior without resorting to punishment.