Child Temper Tantrums Should Be Curbed

Child temper tantrums and behavioral problem should cease, here are some easy and practical ways to tame your .

Every parent at one time or another has had to deal with a child throwing a temper tantrum, usually at an inconvenient time or in an inconvenient place. Below are some strategies for dealing with your childs temper tantrums.

The first thing we need to clarify is the age of your child. A tantrum in a 2 year old is different than a tantrum from a 6 year old. First we will talk about tantrums in younger children and toddlers.

Often a younger child or toddler will throw a tantrum because they cannot express, with words, what they need or want to say and they are frustrated. Before reacting to the tantrum, ask yourself the following questions. Is my child hungry or thirsty? Is my child tired? Is my child ill? Or, more commonly, is my child frustrated?

To eliminate tantrums in younger children, first ask yourself if there was some way that the tantrum could have been avoided. Did your toddler throw a tantrum after sitting in the stroller for 2 hours at the mall? Maybe he had reached his limit and needed some physical activity. Try and balance your needs with those of your toddlers and look at situations that are likely to cause tantrums so that you can try and avoid them before they happen.

If your child is in full tantrum mode, the most important thing to remember is to stay calm yourself. Once you react, it will only escalate the situation and emotions and make it worse. First, talk to your child in a low voice and try and calm him down. If this does not work, and often it doesn't, try and remove him from the situation. You can try reasoning with an older toddler, but usually it is useless, because by the time they are in tantrum mode, it has gone too far. Once you calm your child down or remove him from the situation, you can show him or explain to him the proper way to act in the situation. For example, if he was throwing a tantrum because he wanted a candy bar at the supermarket, show and tell him the proper way to ask. Explain that sometimes, you will have to say no.

Remember, that tantrums are very common in younger toddlers because they cannot express themselves yet. However, if your childs tantrums seem more frequent or severe than other toddlers his age, consult your pediatrician.

Tantrums in older children are a different beast altogether. They often happen when a child is frustrated and won't take no for an answer. After arguing their point with you , they become frustrated and throw a tantrum. Again, remain calm and rational, yet firm. When your child has calmed down, explain to him that a tantrum will never get him what he wants and that there are other ways to more effectively communicate.

Most children outgrow frequent tantrums by the time they are in school, but until then, have your "tantrum strategy" in place so that you can react when you need to.

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