When you have a toddler, tantrums, unfortunately, are just a fact of life. One minute, your toddler is as happy as can be; the next, they are a ball of rage thrashing, kicking and screaming out of control.
You might wonder why your toddler is throwing a tantrum. If you were in their shoes, you might get frustrated because you are unable to say what you mean or you can’t build that block tower because your fine motor skills aren’t quite yet honed.
While this is just a phase and certainly won’t last forever, it can feel like the end of the world. Kid Scholars Academy, your daycare center in Sugar Land, offers tips on how to deal with tantrums.
Don’t Try to Calm Them Down
Ignore your child while they are throwing a tantrum unless they are in danger of hurting themselves or others. By taking away that attention, you don’t reinforce this undesirable behavior.
If you have to, walk out of the room and check on them every few minutes. If your child gets physical and starts kicking, biting or throwing things, stop them right away and remove them from the situation. Make it clear that this is not acceptable behavior.
Don’t bow to their level by yelling at your toddler. The louder they get while throwing a tantrum, the quieter and calmer you should remain.
Keep in mind your child wants you to engage with them. You may do so, but keep it quiet.
Give Them Some Space
There are times when a toddler just needs to release a little frustration. So let them get their anger out by letting them have a meltdown. Just make sure they don’t get out of control.
In all likelihood, your child will throw a minor fit, get over it rather quickly and pull themselves together and regain their self-control.
Create a Diversion
Children have short attention spans, which makes it quite easy to diver them. This is all about a deft mental switcharoo. Get your child interested in something else when you sense an oncoming tantrum.
Have on hand a toy or a snack that can serve as a distraction. A distraction can help ward off a major meltdown if you catch it in time.
Give Them a Hug
The last thing you feel like doing when your child is having a meltdown is to give them a hug. But a big, firm hug will help make your child feel secure and it will let them know that you still care a great deal about them.
Food and a Nap
Being hungry and tired are two of the biggest tantrum triggers. When a child is hungry, tired or both, they could be on the brink of a meltdown. Think about how cranky you get when you are tired and hungry.
If your child is getting cranky, see if they want a snack or put them down for a quick nap.
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