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Tips For Dealing With Toddler Tantrums

20th Jun 2017

Dealing with a toddler tantrum is something that can be very frustrating if you are a first-time parent.  Even if you aren’t a first-time parent sometimes the temperaments of your second child compared to the first can be completely different.

Rather than pulling your hair out of your head and assuming that there is nothing that can be done, rest assured, that there is definitely a solution and you aren’t the first person ever to have to go through being the parents of a toddler having a temper tantrum.  

Remember, all we can do as parents is be the best that we can be.  You aren’t expected to be perfect, and there will always be a learning curve. Every child is different and there is no magical solution that works the same for everyone.  There are, however, a few tips that seem to work most of the time for getting through it.  Here are the most effective ways to get through your toddler’s next tantrum.

Step Outside The Room If You Have To

If you start to feel yourself overwhelmed and as if you think you are going to lose control, don’t be afraid to step outside the room, take a few deep breaths, and let someone else take over.   You should never be too proud to get help if you need it.  Even though they say children are children and it is our job as the parent to be the adult, it is important to have patience with yourself and remember that you are only human.

Rather than letting yourself get to the point of possibly losing control, it is more favorable to leave them alone for a few moments and regain your calm An overtired and overstressed parent is doing no favors to the child that is throwing a tantrum.  Take a minute to gather your thoughts and you will be able to help them calm down much better.

Distract Them If Possible

For much younger toddlers, sometimes the best way to calm them down is to distract them rather than discipline them.  When they are younger they aren’t exactly sure how to reason with themselves and don’t have the tools to be able to calm themselves down.

Therefore, distracting them with something else can be one of the most effective ways to get them to forget why they were upset in the first place. You can make a quick snack in the kitchen or play some games that your little ones love.

When All Else Fails, Try a Hug

It isn’t always easy being a parent.  However, what many adults fail to remember is that it isn’t always easy being a kid.  It can be extremely frustrating to feel so powerless at times and like everyone is always barking orders at you.  Sometimes if your toddler can’t seem to calm down despite everything that you have tried, you may just want to try a hug.

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