If you have a toddler, it’s highly likely that you’ve witnessed a tantrum or two. During the toddler years, your child is learning to control their impulses, bodily functions, and behavior. When their ability to maintain self-control breaks down, a tantrum occurs. While you may not be able to entirely eliminate these melt-downs, you can minimize their frequency and intensity.
If you’ve been wondering how to stop tantrums, the following 8 tips may come in handy:
1. Out of sight, out of mind
Remain in control. If your child is having a melt-down, you may need to hold her gently, but firmly, to keep her from hurting themselves or others. Move them away from whatever instigated the outburst and give them a chance to recover. This can be extremely difficult.
I remember how incredibly heavy my three-year old could make himself feel as he rolled on the floor in Kmart. He wailed at my refusal to buy him yet another box of Hot Wheels. However, getting him out of the toy aisle was a good first step toward quelling his tantrum.