Teaching Temper Tantrum Coping Strategies by Doing Them
What You Need to Know
It is perfectly normal for toddlers to cope with frustration by throwing a tantrum. Be prepared and you can help your child manage them.
- Don’t get angry and don’t give in. Tell them you can talk when they calm down and then walk into the other room.
- It’s ok to hug if your child comes to you, but until they calm down, do not respond to what they want.
- Start doing other things like cleaning up the kitchen or going through the mail. The lack of attention may help stop the tantrum.
- In public, try to find a private spot for your child to calm down. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to go home.
- Teach your child coping techniques by using them yourself.
How You Can Help
Your child depends on you to learn coping skills and tantrums are no different.
- Be a good role model. If you’re both getting upset, it’s ok to show your child that you need to calm down too. “Mommy is getting upset, so I’m going to sit here for a few minutes to calm down.”
- Be consistent. Your child will learn quickly if throwing a tantrum gets him what he wants. A simple reminder might be enough. “We do not get what we want when we throw a tantrum.”
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