In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basic tips on how to deal with temper tantrums from toddlers and other young children. While such outbursts aren’t necessarily a shock, and are somewhat normal among kids, they’re also opportunities for learning and development — and they should generally diminish as your child gets older.
At Lit’l Scholars Learning Centers, our programs for infants and toddler child care include staff who are well-versed in this sort of behavior. We’ve dealt with myriad temper tantrums in our time, and we know how to handle the initial outburst plus impart the proper lessons on children during these instances. While part one of our series mostly went over why children have temper tantrums and how positive responses are the best move, here are some additional techniques and approaches we promote for handling this events.
Control Over the Little Things
In many cases, temper tantrums arrive from what you had thought were extremely minor issues: Whether it’s having to get dressed, not being allowed some sort of snack or toy for a few minutes, etc. While we all know these things shouldn’t be huge battles — after all, we’re talking about children here — toddlers and other young kids often lack the fortitude and self-control to deal with such situations without losing their minds.
And in cases where it won’t damage your other developmental themes, relenting just a bit can help deal with tantrums. If it’s a matter of a few minutes, give in to a request for a little snack or something else that won’t hurt your child’s overall sense of well-being. Of course, you should avoid giving into every worthy request — and it should be understood that this is only for the moment.
In other cases, especially if the tantrum is growing lengthy, you might need to leverage your child’s short attention span and change the subject. As such, we encourage parents to incorporate activities and games that their child might enjoy doing on a regular basis. Not only does changing the activity itself often help here, but changing the environment could also be beneficial.
Learning New Skills
As we’ve noted before in this series, these temper tantrums are also a great opportunity to help kids learn new skills. However, they need to be handled a certain way — and generally speaking, you’ll want to avoid being too harsh or critical of your child.
Instead, try using some positive reinforcement methods of encouragement for things like getting dressed on their own, learning how to feed themselves with utensils, etc. You should also look to start them out with simple concepts, then build to more complex themes over time.
For more on how to handle child temper tantrums, or to learn about any of our child care services like preschool, daycare or others, speak to the staff at Lit’l Scholars Learning Centers today.