You are probably already aware of this, but toddlers tend to throw tantrums. They do so when you tell them they aren’t allowed to have something or when you tell them to do something they don’t want to do.
Most parents wish they were invisible when their child starts throwing a tantrum in a public place, like the grocery store or at the DMV. A child can get quite animated while throwing a tantrum, literally throwing themselves on the floor, flailing their arms and legs and screaming at the top of their lungs. If you aren’t the parent of the kid throwing a tantrum, the whole scene can be rather amusing.
The reason why a child throws a tantrum is not that they want to cause a scene, it is because they get frustrated in not being able to express what they want.
Kid Scholars Academy, your daycare center in Sugar Land, offers ways to tame your child’s temper tantrums.
Take Prevention Steps
The best way to deal with a temper tantrum is to avoid your child having one altogether.
Set aside plenty of time each week where you spend quality one-on-one time with your child. During this time, let them take the lead in what activities you should do together and make sure to devote all of your attention to them. This shared positive experience will give your child a strong foundation for calming themselves down the next time they get upset.
Look for every opportunity to praise your child for good behavior, even if it really isn’t a big deal. The more favorable attention your child gets for desirable behavior, the more likely they will do it more and more often.
Keep in mind that when you blow your top, your child sees that and thinks that is how you deal with things. You should tell your child after you have an outburst that it was a mistake and you shouldn’t have reacted that way.
Unless they are in physical danger when throwing a tantrum, the best thing you can do is ignore them. This way, you don’t reinforce bad behavior.
If your child starts biting, scratching or throwing things, remove them from the situation right away and make it very clear that hurting others is totally unacceptable.
Your child will end up matching and even exceeding your volume because that is how they learn to engage with you. If your child is frustrated, you need to stay calm and speak in whispers.
Give Them Space
There are times when a child just needs to get the anger out of their system. So allow them the opportunity to get it all out.
Once they get their feelings out, they can pull themselves together and re-gain self-control without having a battle with you.
Create a Diversion
Just as your child is having a meltdown, try to get them interested in something else; distract them. A distraction can help ward off a major meltdown.
You need to have a book or small toy handy in case the meltdown starts in a public place.
We ingrain in every student the values that you embody as a parent and encourage them to use these skills in their everyday interactions. Preschool is where brilliance begins. Contact Kid Scholars Academy today.