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If you’re a parent of a toddler, you’re probably aware of their ability to feel and express a wide range of emotions. They may giggle joyfully for a few seconds before erupting into a furious tantrum.
Tantrums are a common occurrence in toddlers. While your toddler is far more capable than a baby, he or she still lacks the vocabulary to express all of their demands and has little control over their surroundings. These variables can lead to a lot of irritation, which can easily turn into anger.
As they become older, most toddlers outgrow their tantrums, have greater control over their communication abilities and learn to be patient. There are actions you can take to assist your child control their anger and avoid tantrums until they reach that point
Help your child in developing new coping mechanisms for their anger: Encourage them to communicate their feelings through words rather than fighting with their body. Ask your child to describe what has made them so furious in a calm manner. Some children can work through their anger and calm down by talking about it. If your child refuses to talk to you about it, they may choose to “chat” with a pet, puppet, or imaginary friend.
Slow Down: Stop a tantrum before it starts by not saying “no” right away when a child asks for something. Instead, take a moment to pause and say, “Let’s see what happens. You want a new toy. Let’s talk about it.” This provides you time to consider the request and, if necessary, how to positively decline it or divert your child’s attention. Slowing down and talking about it helps your child comprehend why something is being refused and accept it more willingly. You want your child to know that you listen to them, that you care about their wishes, and that you can be trusted to guide them through life’s ups and downs.
Don’t spank as a method of punishment: As a form of punishment, some parents spank or hit their children. When a toddler is physically punished, he or she may come to feel that this is the proper method to deal with people whose behavior you don’t like. Physical punishment might encourage a child to be hostile toward others.
Locate a quiet area: If you’re in a public place, attempt to get away from the crowd. Concentrate on your child and yourself rather than other people’s opinions. This reduces any pressure from observers and allows you to have a private conversation with your child. It will be easier for you to soothe your child down if there is less noise and fuss.
Set a firm limit: While you want to emphasize that it’s fine if your child is furious, you also want to make it clear that physical aggression is not acceptable. You can tell your child if they hit their sibling, “It’s fine to feel enraged. It’s fine if you’re angry. However, you cannot hit them.” “We don’t punch or kick anyone,”. Explain the limit: “Hitting others is painful, we do not do that”. Toddlers are more likely to cooperate if you’re reasonable.
Provide reassurance and affection: Make it clear to your child that you are concerned about their condition and feelings. Toddlers, as well as older children who are in a difficult circumstance, might be reassured by your physical presence. Always remember that a hug has the power to make someone feel loved and accepted.
Most toddlers have tantrums as a result of their frustration. When your toddler is throwing a tantrum, try to apply parenting techniques that work for them.
Maintaining a daily routine and assisting your child in expressing their emotions may help you avoid or reduce tantrums. You won’t be able to stop them all, however. You need to understand that tantrums are a normal part of your toddler’s development.