Toddlers are awesome little humans with an enthusiasm for life that is contagious. They explore the world and experiment with their surroundings. In this phase of life, little ones are testing everything, including their relationships limits and boundaries. With all of this excitement, often comes big emotions. This is why the toddler years are branded with nicknames such as the “terrible two’s.” Parents dealing with toddler tantrums will find powerful secrets for calming big emotions here.
Toddler tantrums take on all kinds of shapes and sizes. Big emotions are exerted and are typically accompanied by yelling, crying, or some kind of physical outburst. These toddler tantrums can be both frustrating and embarrassing. Thankfully, there are three powerful secrets for calming big emotions.
Powerful Secrets for Calming Toddler Tantrums
1. Be consistent
The first secret for calming toddler tantrums is to be consistent. This sounds so simple, and yet it can be incredibly challenging. If we can master this tool alone, we will increase our parenting success tremendously. As a parent, if we say something to our child, mean it. Many times we use threats or bribes to get our children to do what we want.
Instead, we can be effective in taming toddler tantrums by being consistent. If your child knows that every time we say we will do something, we follow through, then we will not need to use threats.
2. Pick Our Battles
If our child is having a tantrum but is safe, we can take a moment to inventory the situation. Is this a behavior they do repeatedly or is it a one-time thing? Are there other factors influencing the child’s behavior? Is she acting out because she is hungry, tired, hurt, etc?
After we survey the situation, decide if this is a “battle” or a situation we want to address. If it isn’t, we can try to distract the child, ignore the behavior, or de-escalate the situation. If it is a situation we want to address, we need to be consistent. Like the quote says, “Say what you mean and do what you say.”
3. Plan Ahead
Think about our child’s day. If we know we will be entering into a situation that is typically difficult for our child, plan ahead. Think of ways you help your child to be successful in that situation. Examples of tantrum inducing situations can include: missing a nap, long appointments, special events, or places that are not child-friendly. Brainstorm ways we can help to create a successful experience for our child, when we know they might face a difficult situation. This will decrease the number of tantrums that could occur.
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