Your happy and calm toddler can go berserk without a moment’s notice and become irritable and crabby for no apparent reason. This is precisely the reason why a toddler’s tantrums are known to be terrible. You have hardly anytime to gauge the situation and prepare a fitting response and the tantrums continue to go from bad to worse. Handling a toddler’s tantrums can be very challenging and you can find yourself exhausting your last breath when you have not even met half the challenge. However, learning how to handle a toddler’s tantrums can help you a great deal in tackling them better. In case you wish to help yourself on the same, scroll the article for some useful tips.
Dealing With Toddler Tantrums
Identify What Triggers The Tantrums
Understanding the toddler’s behavior will help you to identify the causes of the tantrums. Typically, the causes of toddler tantrums are specific, such as hunger, fear, anxiety, anger, boredom, illness, want of a particular thing and so on. Once you learn to identify what is causing the toddler to throw tantrums and become cantankerous, it can help you a great deal in handling them better. Pay close attention to your child and you will be better equipped with ideas to deal with his/her tantrums.
Convince The Child
While a toddler is too young to be actually convinced, you can always try your luck. Whenever your child throws a tantrum, talk to him/her in a controlled voice and try to convince him/her. Instead of physically handling the child to get the point across, you would do better by trying to diffuse the situation and distract the toddler’s attentio to something else. Very young children seek a little comforting and you need to take care that instant physical action can worsen the situation for you.
Maintain Your Cool
The more excited and rushed is the response from your side, the more intense your toddler’s tantrums can become. Your response is crucial to how you handle your toddler’s tantrums. Try to maintain your calm in such situations as you can simply worsen the status of things by getting too worked up. Remaining calm when you are in a public place and when there are people around will discourage the toddler to persist with the tantrums. Sometimes, not responding at all is the best response.
Don’t Punish Or Reward The Tantrum
Don’t let the child fall in the pattern of such behavior by rewarding his/her tantrums. For instance, if you have refused your child to go out to play, do not change your decision after he/she throws those terrible tantrums. This will make the child assume that he/she can get his/her way by simply throwing tantrums. At the same time, you should not punish your toddler every time he/she throws a tantrum, unless it’s absolutely necessary. Going for any of the extremes will not take you anywhere in handling your toddler’s tantrums.