We all know toddlers have tantrums, they are inevitable and a very normal part of a toddlers development. It doesn't mean you are doing anything wrong, it doesn't mean they are naughty. At some point every child will have a tantrum!
The biggest tip I can give you is to stay cool, do not lose your temper. It's easy to say, and yes as a busy Mum of 4 I have found myself, on more than 1 occasion, having a bigger tantrum than the toddler but the key to dealing with a toddler tantrum effectively is to keep cool, stay calm and breathe.
We need to act fast...why are they are having the tantrum. Examine the situation as fast as possible. Maybe they dropped the toy they had hold of, we all know those lazy toddlers find it much easier to scream that they dropped the toy rather than just bend down and pick it up! Maybe they want something they can't reach. OK maybe they want something that someone else has in this case, move on to my next step.
In the case that they want something someone else has we need some fast and effective
bribery diversions! A snack? A book? Maybe a similar toy.
Can you bargain with them? Evie had a tantrum the other day because she missed nursery, she had fallen over on the way and decided she didn't want to go, then when it was time to pick the others up from school she decided she DID want to go to nursery. I diverted the tantrum by saying we would pop in and say hello instead!
Tune into your toddler and try and find out what causes them to lose their head the most. Is the tantrum because they want to be independent? Make time for them to put their own coat on before you leave the house. Maybe they have tantrums because they are tired? Could you move nap time or bedtime a little earlier? Are they more likely to tantrum when they are hungry, would it hurt to add a snack time into your morning or afternoon routine? Maybe a reward chart would help?
None of the above working? Just walk away and count to 10 and remember it will pass. We can't win them all. Remember for every tantrum there is a cuddle. For every scream there is a squeeze. For every photo of them tantruming there is a photo of them smiling, and most of all remember at the exact moment that your child is laid on the floor screeching and you think that everyone in the nearby vicinty is staring at you...at some point one of us fellow Mums has been in that exact spot (usually at the tills near the chocolate right?) in the exact situation.
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