A child will occasionally have a temper tantrum. How a parent handles the temper tantrum is a big responsibility. The “terrible 2s” can start at any age and continue until he goes to school, if those tantrums are not dealt with before then.
There are 10 ways a parent can handle a child’s temper tantrum:
1. A parent should teach a child that the right way to get something is to ask for it and that throwing a tantrum is not acceptable behavior. For example, say “I’ll get you the snack you want, if you will ask me for it”.
2. A parent should let their children know exactly when an activity, such as playtime, will end or how many minutes it is until bedtime. There will be no misunderstanding and the child will not be surprised and angry.
3. A parent should remain calm and in control during a temper tantrum. If a parent becomes angry, the child will only become scared.
4. A parent should keep notes about what triggers a temper tantrum. The parent can then work out a strategy if that particular situation comes up again
5. A parent should reward a child for good behavior. Praise will give positive feedback to a child. A parent should ignore bad behavior because it encourages the child to throw more tantrums to get attention in the future.
6. A parent should explain actions that could cause danger to the child and compromise his safety. For example, if a child runs toward the street, calmly let him know what could happen and give an age-appropriate punishment, such as a time out.
7. A parent should never give in to a child’s demand when he throws a temper tantrum. If the parent gives in, the child realizes he can get whatever he wants if he throws a tantrum. If the child is ignored, he will learn his bad behavior will not be rewarded.
8. When a parent has to go out, the child should know ahead of time what is expected of him, in detail, while the parent is out and what will happen if they do not behave. Explain to the child what punishments he can expect if his behavior is not acceptable.
9. A parent should always be calm and should never blurt out the first thing that comes to mind when a child misbehaves. Good advice is to count to 10 slowly and not let the child see the anger. Using the notes that tells what triggers the tantrums will help.
10. A parent should explain to the child that anger is an emotion that all people feel and help the child learn ways to control his anger.
A person is not a bad parent just because he doesn’t handle every situation that arises with his child correctly. Parents should understand that parenting is an ongoing learning experience and that it requires practice.
There are many things that trigger a temper tantrum. A child’s age should be taken into consideration, as well as other conditions. A child may be sleepy or tired or hungry or just may be in a social situation where he does not feel safe or is feeling stressed. Tantrums are as stressful for the child as the parent. But, if a parent follows this list, all can lead happier, calmer lives.
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