If you are a parent of a toddler there is no doubt that you have, or will, deal with several temper tantrums during these years. This is because toddlers are just learning about impulse control and how to control their emotions. While temper tantrums are typical of this age period, you still need to address them properly and teach your toddler that they are inappropriate. Below is a look at several tips for dealing with a toddler’s temper tantrum.
The first thing to remember is to calm, even though it can be very stressful. If you overreact to the situation, the tantrum is likely to only escalate. In addition, you want your child to understand that the tantrum has no effect on you.
Recognized the Issue
You want to start by letting the child know that you realize why they are upset. Although this will not likely stop the tantrum, it is important that you child know you are listening to them and concerned about their feelings.
The easiest way to deal with a tantrum is to redirect your toddler’s attention to something else. This may be easier to do for one and two-year olds, while three and four-year olds may not be as easily distracted. Either way, it is important to start by attempting to transfer your child’s attention to some other activity.
Use Punishment Sparingly
While punishment may seem like the logical response to a temper tantrum, it may not work very well, especially for younger toddlers. Children only start to learn about consequences around three years old. Although a time-out could give you time to calm both you and your child down, it may not be useful in deterring future tantrums.
Do Not Give In
The most important thing you can remember is to not give in to a toddler’s temper tantrum, even if you are out in public. Otherwise, your child will start to think that a tantrum will get them what they want, and this poor behavior will only intensify, as your child gets older.
These tips will help you deal with temper tantrums and work to prevent tantrums in the future. If dealt with correctly these temper tantrums will start to decrease by the time your child is a preschooler. The best thing is to always be prepared for the unexpected, especially when you are out in public.