The toddler years may be a challenging time for parents. As toddlers grow mature and begin to explore the world, they will experience a whole new range of emotions which may be difficult for them to manage. Your toddler may need your support to help manage some of these behaviours. This is all a normal part of toddler development. However these tantrums can cause parents concern
A common response from toddlers is “No”
This is the impression that they don’t want to cooperate. Be reassured this is a normal part of learning about life e.g. discipline, negotiating, safety and rules.
What is tantrum?
A tantrum is a toddler’s way of expressing and coping with their feelings they can’t control or understand. For example,
- Unable to express themselves
Learn more on 6 reasons why your toddler may be acting out
What can you do?
- Distraction (redirect their attention)
- Avoid further explanations (they will not listen or understand)
- Limit the use of “no” If you must say “no” try to use a calm tone
- #1 rule Not to be frustrated (take a deep breath, step away from the situation to calm down)
- Staying calm with your toddler may help them feel safe and secure
- Once the tantrum is over give your toddler a cuddle to reassure them
- Acknowledge, name and talk about their feelings (e.g. I understand you’re sad that you can’t use the scissor…)
Outings with toddlers
If you are going out with your toddler, here something to take note to ensure your outing is fund and productive as possible.
- Make sure your toddler is not tired (not during their nap time)
- Make sure your toddler is not hungry (not during their meal time)
- Give your toddler some healthy snack before you leave
- Bring some healthy snack and drink (apple juice) along
- Bring some activities along (drawing pad or sticker book)
- Give your toddler a chance to help if you are shopping for groceries (grab something from the shelf)
- If tantrums increase while you are out, take your toddler somewhere quiet until they have calmed down