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Avoiding Temper Tantrums

Written by Mystic on Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Avoiding Tantrums

The best way to deal with temper tantrums is to avoid them in the first place, whenever possible. Make sure your child isn't acting up simply because she's not getting enough attention. To a child, negative attention (a parent's response to a tantrum) is better than no attention. Pediatricians advocate, "catching kids being good." "lavish praise," and "acknowledge their emotions."

Give the child some control over little things; this fulfills her need for independence and can stave off tantrums. Offer a minor choice: orange juice or apple juice? Brushing teeth before or after taking a bath? This way you are not in the position of saying, "Do you want to brush your teeth now?" which inevitably will be answered "no."

If off-limits objects are out of sight and out of reach, struggles are less likely to develop over them. Obviously, this isn't always possible, especially outside of the home where the environment cannot be controlled. Distraction is another option. Take advantage of the child's short attention span by offering a replacement for the coveted object or beginning a new activity to replace the frustrating or forbidden one. Or simply change the environment. Take the child outside or inside, or move to a different room.

When your child wants something, really consider the request. Is it outrageous? Maybe it isn't. Choose your battles; accommodate when you can.

If a safety issue is involved, and the toddler repeats the forbidden behavior after being told to stop, hold her firmly for several minutes. Be consistent. The child must understand that you are inflexible on these issues.

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