Got a toddler that knows how to throw a mighty tantrum?
It’s embarrassing, it’s worrying and it also upsetting when your toddler throws a paddy in public, you feel like the worst parent in the world and it feels like everyone is staring at you.
Tantrums are normally acts of frustration. They stem from nothing, they catch you unaware and you wonder how you are going to cope with this latest outburst.
Dealing with this irrational behaviour doesn’t have to drag you down though, use our tricks and regain control of your life.
1st suggestion is…
Seriously, it simply isn’t worth it. You can’t reason with a two-year old that’s screaming their lungs out and rolling around on the floor.
Know the best thing to do?
Ignore it. Don’t argue back. When your child is in full-on tantrum mode, make sure they’re safe but ignore this behaviour. Once they realise you’re not responding to their bad behaviour there’s a good chance they’ll calm down.
2nd suggestion is…
Don’t snap back
This isn’t easy. Try to remain calm as you slowly see your child erupt. Yes they might be turning bright purple, and it might feel like your ears are about to melt, but try your best to keep your temper intact.
It doesn’t do any good to shout at your child, this just makes matters worse. Try to remain calm. Your toddler might just follow your example.
3rd suggestion is…
Don’t bribe them
This merely endorses their bad behaviour. Some parents will offer their children little incentives if they stop their errant behaviour but this simply sends out all the wrong messages.
Tantrums are naughty. Make your child aware of this and under no circumstances offer them sweets, trips to the parks or an extra five minutes of television just to prevent them throwing a paddy.
4th suggestion is…
Never back down
Stick to your guns whatever you decide. If you say to your child they can’t go into the back garden during a rain storm in their pyjamas don’t give in at the last minute.
Show any sign of weakness and your child has won. Change your mind as they are mid-tantrum and you have just surrendered, your child’s bad behaviour has won the day!
Whatever caused the tantrum, show your child you’re the boss.
It’ll be hard but remain solid and stick by your convictions.