Secrets on How to Deal with Toddler Tantrums
Raising toddlers comes with many rewards. There are also many challenges while raising toddlers as well. One of those challenges is toddler tantrums. Tantrums can be extremely frustrating for parents to deal with. Parents are frequently struggling with the answers for how to deal with toddler tantrums.
Toddler tantrums can occur as quickly as summer storms appear. They frequently swell up and burst very quickly and with little warning. Parents will benefit with some knowledge about why toddlers have tantrums in order for them to learn how to deal with toddler tantrums.
Why toddlers have tantrums?
Toddler tantrums are most common between the ages of 1 and 3. This is the age span when they occur most frequently. Tantrums are a sign of a toddler’s real frustration. This frustration usually comes from the lack of language development. Toddlers understand so much more then they are able to communicate to others. Toddlers desires are limited by the lack of words to communicate what they need. This extreme frustration from spills out in the toddler’s tantrums.
The last part of the brain to develop after birth is the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is the part of the brain that controls our emotions. A toddler’s brain will not mature this part until they are almost 4 years old. Consequently the brain is rather “mushy” and makes them more prone to outbursts and irational displays of emotion. Stress is also involved in the toddlers difficult behavior. Toddlers think magically and not logically. Their imagination will create confusing and scary scenarios that we see as ordinary.
When toddlers see a situation as scary they are not going to be cooperative. Their emotions will appear to be out of control. the actual heightened arousal causes the body to release cortisol, known as the “fight or flight” hormone. Perhaps we should call it “tantrum juice” for our toddlers. the anxiety that causes this reaction is typical in moderation in toddlers. Adults have the same responses to situation. The difference is our experience and our fully developed brain that is able to respond with accurate signals.
With this knowledge parents are better able to understand how to deal with toddler tantrums.
How to help toddlers with tantrums
Diversion is a great strategy.
Parents know their children. You will sense when they are becoming uncomfortable. Prepare for these situation with toys, books, snacks and other things to move their focua away from the stressor. There are many ways to achieve diversion. It could take the form of ignoring their request or laughing off a potentially stressful situation. Parents instinctively know their children and can often anticipate what their child’s reaction will be.
Incentives to Behave
Setting the stage for toddlers is important in giving them a reason to act in an appropriate way. Let children know the plan for the outing or the days activities. Remind them of the plan often. Toddlers do not have any concept of time and will need reminders often of what is going to happen next.
Offer Food or Rest & Relax Time
Toddlers get tired just like adults do. If you are away from for a while they will want to be back in their comfort zone. Be aware of those needs and plan time for toddlers to rest and relax. Try to plan activities around nap times so the toddlers schedule stays as close to the normal routine as possible. Knowing your child’s needs and being sure they are met will easy a lot of stess for them. Be sure that toddlers have the needed space to rest and be away from others so they can recharge their energy.
While traveling, being prepared with food or snacks that your toddler likes to eat will give them the energy and hydration that they need. Groceries or restaurants are not always available when your toddlers gets hungry. Because access to food is limited, it is important for parents to plan ahead so toddlers nutritional needs are met.
Get Out of There
There wil be times when you will not be able toanticipate or manage your child’s stress The best solution may be to leave. There are times that a tantrum is the only way your toddler will be able to release the stress. In those times the best thing for your toddler, yourself and those arround you is to walk away fron the situation that is causing the stress. Time-outs are needed to give your toddler some space. It is important to note that this time-out is not for discipline. Time away in this curcummstance is to allow your toddler to regain their composure. Remember that toddlers are not able to thing logically and rationally. They will need time away to let out the emotion before they are able to move on.
Toddlers will need reassurance after a tantrum. They have been out of control. The lack of brain development prevents your toddler from gaining control on their own. Tantrums often frighten toddlers because they were not able to control their actions. Hugs from their parents are needed to reassure them everything is going to be fine. As they grow they will learn how to deal with toddler tantrums.
Help for Parents to Deal with Toddler Tantrums
Head Off a Tantrum
Being aware of your child and what they need is the best way to deal with toddler tantrums. Planning ahead will give you the best chance for a smooth outing with your toddler. Planning for food, rest time, activities to interest your child and regular routine are the best way to avoid stressful situations. Even with the best plans you will not be able to control every situation. Attentive parents will watch for signs of stress and tiredness in their toddler, When a parent see these signs it is important to change the plan to meet the needs of your toddler.
Keep Calm – Your the Adult
A toddlers tantrums can be a very difficult encounter for any parent. A parents patience will be tested during a tantrum. But, you are stil the adult and need to keep your cool.
Speak calmly to your child while they are having a tantrum. A parents loud and angry voice will add to your toddlers stress.
No spanking your child. Toddlers are overwhelmed with emotions beyond their ability to control. Spanking adds to the stress and makes a bad situation worse.
Talk it Over After
Tantrums are a frightening experience for toddlers. When a tantrum ends, it is important for parents to reassure toddlers that they are safe and loved. Hold them and hug them to comfort them and show your love. Any one-on-one time is an opportunity for bonding with your toddler. You are allowing your toddler to trust you. Toddlers will be able to experience your love and know you will keep them safe.
Childhood has many stages. The toddler years are just one of those stages and your child will out grow those tantrums.
Have you seen a child having a tantrum? How did the parents handle the situation?
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