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How to Handle Your Child’s Temper Tantrum

Everybody in parenting town has more than one occasion of their children having a rather raging temper for their age and throwing tantrums in the most awkward and uncomfortable of situations. While most have had the rather embarrassing pleasure of having to put up with them in the most public of places, not all are well equipped to handle their child’s temper and the tantrums that follow. Here is a look at how parents can handle their child’s temper in a healthy way that is good for both the child and the parent too.

1.  Ignore: Depending on where your child is losing their temper, you may be able to afford ignoring their tantrums completely. When angry, even adults are not capable of using their reasoning skills so expecting that out of kids is you being unreasonable. Once they notice that their tantrums are being ignored, they will cool down much faster and then you can reason the situation with them. However, do not ignore the tantrums if your child is genuinely hungry or needs something and finds it difficult to communicate it effectively as is the case with younger kids.

2.  Let them have space: A flying temper is usually a result of lots of pent of anger coming up needing to be went out. When you see, your child going red, its best to maintain your cool and letting them vent it out. Once vent out you can attend to the actual problem. Giving them space to vent it out will teach them to be better equipped to handle their motions on their own. Giving them space usually works well both on its own and in addition to ignoring the child’s tantrum.

3.  Diversion: Kids tend to have really small attention spans and as a parent you can use it to your advantage. Keep small toys and ideas handy at all times since you never know when the outburst might occur. When you see your child about to go into a temper tantrum use a distraction like giving them a new toy or completely changing the topic to something they might be interested in. If you see your child about to throw a tantrum in the supermarket over something change the topic and engage them in something fun like choosing dessert for the day. Distraction works well as a technique especially when out in public.

4.  Find the root of the problem: As a parent, it is your job to find the cause of anger behind your child’s anger and tantrums. Most children are not aware of what they are feeling and why they are feeling the way they are feeling. Teach your children to identify feelings and express how they feeling. Teaching sign language to kids as young as two to two and a half year to ask for what they want can prevent most meltdowns even before they begin to come up.

Children are simple creatures and can be dealt with easily if you are willing to take the effort to view things from their point of view and attend to it like an adult.

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