Toddlers may throw tantrums from time to time. As a parent, you have no choice but to put up with it or try to subdue your toddler. Most parents usually ending up taking action with the idea that stopping the behavior quickly is important in developing good habits. However, try to correct a child in a way that corrects the behavior in a positive and loving way.
Tantrums most frequently occur between the ages of two and five. Before you can curb toddler tantrums, you need to know the causes behind them:
- Fatigue or hunger pangs
- Lack of proper attention
- Not getting what they desire
- Unhappiness or frustration
Here are some tips on how to deal with your toddlers’ tantrums:
- Do not pay attention to tantrums: Your toddler is looking for a reaction from you. If he does not get it, he may just move on.
- Encourage quiet and balanced behavior: This will also indicate to your child that throwing tantrums is not productive.
- Allow other alternatives: This will prevent situations where toddlers might feel trapped and allow them to get in control of the situation by exercising their choice on the matter. Try to provide your child with options that give the impression that he is exercising free will. “Would you like to put your pajamas on first or brush your teeth first?” “Would you like to eat carrots or peas?” Would you like to put on your socks first or your shirt?” While none of these questions are real choices for an adult, a child will feel more control and will often willingly follow through because ‘he has decided what to do next.’