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Jun 13, 2016

Toddler Tantrums …

For new parents, the toddler tantrum poses the greatest fear. And worse still, the tantrum in public. For most of us a tantrum in the supermarket, in the doctors waiting room or in a friend or relatives house is a nightmare because we feel it a reflection on us as parents. We fear that we are being judged or being seen as bad parents. But think about it – when you see it happen yourself, you tend to have a quiet smile to yourself and thank god it’s not you.  Tantrums at home and in public are part of your child learning to assert themselves and are perfectly natural. What matters is how you react to them. A couple of techniques include:

  •  Can you ignore it? Tantrums burn themselves out, toddlers get bored and stop but it is not always practical to ignore it if it is happening in a public place.
  • Use distraction – instead of feeding the tantrum by arguing with your toddler about what they want, is there a way of distracting their attention to something else.
  • Communication – get down to the same level as your toddler, look them in the eye and explain in simple terms what is happening i.e. I have to finish the shopping so we can go home and cook a yummy dinner. I know what you want to go home but we’ll be home soon and we’ll play with the football in the garden before we cook your dinner”.
  • Talk to them about consequences … “you have been really good all week but this is not good behaviour. If you don’t stop crying you’ll lose a star from your sticker chart or we won’t get to go to the playground after the shopping.” Set small punishments but ones that the toddler will understand and will cause them to think about their behaviour.

Look at what has worked for you in the past. Know what works for you and trust your instinct for dealing with these situations. Panic sets in when a child is having a tantrum in public but you know how deal with this for your child. Be realistic. You can’t just abandon whatever you have to do because your child is having a tantrum so you have to reason with them in a realistic manner. Again, it all comes down to good communication (and of course patience on your part).

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