Being a toddler can be exasperating, exhausting and most of the time frustrating. It comes with its fair share of challenges and tantrums are just a part of it. As parents, we are constantly at our wits to find ways to soothe our screaming tot. In this article, we will discuss some of the most effective ways to calm down a toddler’s tantrum. When your child throws a fit, it can feel like your world is ending. When they throw a tantrum, they’re signaling that something is off. They’re either confused, sad, scared, or hurt. You might be wondering what happened and how to get them to stop throwing tantrums. It’s not easy, but there are ways you can help your child calm down and stop causing tantrums. If you’re looking for ways to help your child calm down and stop causing tantrums, read on.
When it comes to dealing with angry kids and tantrums, there are a few tips I’ve found to be quite helpful. One way to avoid a tantrum is to find ways to empower my kids so they feel like they’re in charge (even though they’re not). This doesn’t mean that they get to decide everything that we do or dictate what goes on within our family life. Instead, it means giving them limited choices when possible.
I gave them options like: “Would you like to sit beside Mommy or Daddy?” “Would you like to walk beside me, or would you prefer to hold my hand?” “Did you want to give your brother the dump truck or the fire truck? You decide!”
In addition, asking your kids if they want something instead of telling them is another way of empowering them. For example, when it’s time for us to leave the park, I say something like: “It’s time for us to leave the park, did you want to stay for two minutes or three minutes?” This tells them that we’re leaving, but gives them a little bit of say as to when that will be. If you need your child to put their shoes on and go outside, ask them if they can help you put their shoes on so you can go outside and play. They’ll feel empowered and less likely to have a meltdown because you’re asking for their help instead of just telling them what to do.
Another thing you can do is ask your child to do something instead of telling him. Often, a child saying no is a huge power trip for him, so asking him instead will help avoid the tantrum altogether.
Kids are often overwhelmed by the world around them. They don’t understand the way things work or why people do what they do, and that can be really scary for them. Imagine if you had to go about your day without any knowledge of how the world works and no ability to communicate with those around you—you’d probably freak out too!
Stay calm and keep things in perspective. That’s why it’s important to remember that kids have emotions just like we do, and they need us to help them process those emotions in healthy ways. When your child is having a meltdown, try not to take it personally. It’s not about you—it’s about them trying their best in a confusing world!
Try not to feed into their tantrums as tantrums are no good if they don’t have an audience so try ignoring the tantrum first but of course if you’re on vacation or you’re in public this isn’t an option so in those situations where their outburst is affecting other people you need to remove them from the situation , and then later on talk about what was upsetting your child and what caused a tantrum and no blame no shame just an honest conversation about what happened the open to listening to their side of what was bothering them and then you can work on talking them about what they could do differently next time what they could say differently next time in order to those emotions and act appropriately
So how do we handle these big emotions? It starts with empathy. Instead of getting mad at your little one for acting out, try taking a few deep breaths and asking yourself: “How would I feel if someone just did the same thing to me”.
A toddler’s world is still very much under construction. They’re learning how to act and how to act appropriately. They’re learning how to behave with other people and how to interact with others. They’re learning how to follow rules, how to listen to others, and how to understand that actions have consequences.
Therefore, many of their actions might seem strange to you. They might seem out of whack or even as though they’re under an extreme amount of pressure. But to a toddler, these might be perfectly normal. As a result, they may sometimes display behavior that can seem completely out of place.