The Terrible Temper Tantrum
The terrible temper tantrum may sound like a children’s picture book, but unfortunately it’s a very real situation for most parents. These sudden outbursts from a child can range from the pouting of lips, stomping of feet and ugly looks, to the more furious ones. These can include flopping onto the floor, kicking, screaming, crying and even the throwing and/or breaking of toys. These tantrums can occur whenever a child is dealing with a frustrating situation, is tired, hungry or just plain unhappy.
However, you may also experience extreme, monster tantrums when you try to implement new changes to your parenting style. New rules often times will throw toddlers into a state of tantrum. Children at this stage in development may have a difficult time articulating their frustration and unhappiness and will do anything to get what they want from their parent(s). Enter the Tantrum Monster.
So what can you do when the tantrum monster rears it’s beastly head?
Don’t Feed It!
First of all, the tantrum monster wants nothing more than to be fed. In other words, giving into your child’s demands, trying to soothe it away or generally placating the situation is only going to give the beast more fury. Sure, it may settle for a short while but the next time your child get’s upset, you’ve set the tone for the situation. Soon this learned behavior is happening more and more and most likely is escalating in levels and fury.
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No matter how difficult it may seem indulging in any negotiating, begging, arguing, fighting or pleading will only make matters worse - don’t battle the tantrum monster!