Even the best behaved child can have a bit of a tantrum every now and again. It’s a natural part of growing up, toddlers can understand a lot but have real difficulty expressing how they feel.
They are also trying to figure out emotions and how to deal with things like, frustration, impatience, sharing, etc. Toddlers can be easily upset like when they can’t figure out a game, when they try and keep up with an older sibling, not being able to eat what they want and the list goes on and on.
The perfect way to deal with tantrums is to avoid them in the first place. Easier said than done but here are some tips that may help.
-Your toddler could be acting up to get attention. Get into a habit of praising your child when he is being good. This can be verbal most of the time but if they have been particularly good for a long period or finished a task then maybe a ‘gold star’ or a treat is in order.
-Give control to your toddler. I don’t mean let him handle the family budget but really small things makes them feel in control. Ask him would he like to wear the ‘Red or green t-shirt today?’ or would you like a ‘Banana or apple with lunch?’.
-When your toddler is playing make sure they have age-apropriate toys. Toddlers can get frustrated very easily.
-Listen to your child, with your busy schedule it’s so easy just to say no or explain you haven’t got time. Just take a few seconds to process when your child asks you something. Are they really asking for something outrageous? Accommodate when you can and choose your battles.
-Understand your child. If your child is tired and you know it, don’t bring him grocery shopping. Take a minute to read the situation and figure out is your toddler able for the task you are planning.