Best Way To Deal With A Temper Tantrum For Your Kid
If your toddler is having a temper tantrum, it can be difficult to know how to handle the situation. Tantrums with kids range from whining and crying to screaming, kicking, hitting, and breath-holding. They're equally common in boys and girls and usually happen between the ages of 1 to 3.
The single best way to help deal with a temper tantrum is for you to stay calm. If you do, your child will be more likely to stay calm too. You also want to prevent further frustrations that could trigger another tantrum.
If you scream at him or punish him for the fit he's throwing, he'll just think you're joining in — and his behavior might get worse.
The good news is, there are more than likely easy steps you can take to diminish or preferably eliminate your child's temper tantrums.
A kid having a temper tantrum won't hurt himself, but it could be more dangerous if he throws a fit in a public place.
If your child is having a tantrum in a public place, try to move him to a calm and private spot. This might mean leaving the store or restaurant you're in.
Once you're in a calm spot, give your child some time-out. He should stay there until he's calm and can rationally talk to you.
If your child is having a tantrum because he's angry or frustrated, try to figure out what might have caused that feeling. Once you know, you can try to avoid or prepare for those situations in the future.
For example, if your child has a meltdown every time you go shopping, it might be because he's overwhelmed by all the sights and sounds. You can try to prepare him for a shopping trip by talking about what you'll be doing and showing him pictures of the store.
If your child is having a temper tantrum because he's tired or hungry, try to address those needs. A nap or snack might be all he needs to calm down.
On a personal note, the eldest of my three children was an extremely happy baby and a toddler who rarely had a bad day, let alone throw a temper tantrum. The only exception to the rule was if we didn't feed the little calorie addict quite soon enough. Then his attitude would take a decided turn for the worst if only for a brief moment. The solution however was simple. A little snack here and there quickly eliminated the odd bad moment.
Give your child time-out when he has a temper tantrum. This means putting him in a safe space where he can return to a happier state of mind while at the same time, hopefully opening his/her mind to this valuable lesson about what is considered acceptable behavior.
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