Toddler Tantrums: Prevent and Handle Them With Love
While toddlers are generally a bundle of joy, parents may at times find them to be full of energy and emotion that manifests itself in different ways – including tantrums. Tantrums are a common occurrence among toddlers and can range from small outbursts to screaming and refusal to comply. But with a little understanding and knowledge, parents can be better equipped to reduce them and know how to handle them when they do occur.
Preventing Toddler Tantrums
Toddler tantrums can often stem from a feeling of not having control or being overwhelmed. Fortunately, there are many ways we can try to prevent them:
- Offer Choices – Giving toddlers choices within limits can help them to feel that they have some control and ownership over their environment, which can help prevent tantrums.
- Use Positive Language – When speaking to toddlers, use positive language instead of commands. Instead of telling them “no”, you can explain why something is off-limits or isn’t an appropriate behavior.
- Be Prepared – Anticipate needs and be prepared for your toddler’s emotional outbursts. Having a plan can help you feel more relaxed when a tantrum occurs.
- Explain What’s Going On – Explain to your toddler why a certain behavior is expected and why making good choices is important. Chances are your toddler will understand better if you take the time to explain it.
Handling Tantrums When They Occur
Tantrums can be tough, but try to remain calm and remember that this is normal behavior for toddlers. Here are some tips on how to Handle tantrums:
- Stay Calm -If you remain calm, your child will sense that their tantrum won’t upset you and will learn that it won’t get the reaction that they want.
- Focus on Empathy -Allow your child to express their feelings and explain why it is not okay to act out. Acknowledge their feelings and give them your love and support.
- Distract Your Child – When a tantrum starts escalating, try to give your child something else to focus on, such as a toy that they can play with or a story that you can read together.
- Follow Through – Never back down on a consequence that you’ve set and don’t give in to the tantrum. But also be sure that your toddler understands that you still love them and that you understand their emotions.
Toddler tantrums can be tough to handle, but understanding why they occur and how to prevent them can help. Above all, remember to keep practicing love and compassion as you handle these outbursts. With a little patience and guidance, your toddler will learn to better manage their emotions.