Temper Tantrums are kind of like a right of passage for many mothers. WE ALL have to deal with them and boy can they be frustrating. Here are five ways to deal with your child’s temper tantrums!
1. Let your child work it all out
Children are humans like the rest of us. They feel emotions much like we do, but don’t yet have the cognitive ability to deal with it fully. So if your child is hulking out at home, just let them work out that emotional energy. They might just need space to have a cry, yell or just throw a ball at the fence in frustration. Sometimes, situation dependant of course, the best thing to do as parents is let your child be, and work out the emotional tension that has been building up inside them.
2. Be firm in your convictions
If your child is trying to blackmail you with a temper tantrum in public for you to buy something, be firm in your initial decision. Try not to give in the what your child is demanding. If every time your child has a tantrum they get what they want, then you will re-enforce in their mind that a temper tantrum is a guaranteed way to get what they want, and you can expect a lot more where that came from!
3. Engage their mind
This might not be possible during massive tantrums, but a minor tantrum can be quelled by simply giving their brains something to do. Take them outside and throw a ball around, go and dig in the sandpit or even take them for a walk to the park. During these situations, they may have lots of adrenaline and stimulating chemicals rushing through their body, so it’s usually best to divert their attention through an activity where they are moving and using their body.
4. Give you child a hug
Sometimes, all your child really needs is some affection. They might be feeling neglected because you have been busy all week, and the only way they believe they can get your attention is through a tantrum. So, try giving your child a hug, and let them just have a cry, we all need to every now and again.
5. Change the setting
Sometimes a child could be throwing a tantrum because they feel unsafe or anxious about a particular place. If this is the case, taking your child out of this area may calm them down and stop their tantrum.