4 Kinds Of Tantrums And How To Deal With Them

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Tantrums are notorious for making your child’s toddler years both difficult and unforgettable. No parent will ever be lucky enough to raise a child without having to deal with lots of them as throwing tantrums is the only way that children under 3 know how to react to strong emotions and learn how to communicate with the world better.

We all really have to be prepared (and with solutions!) in order to get through them as quickly and easily as possible. Therefore, it helps to first get to know the 4 common kinds of tantrums so we can learn how to handle each of them.

1. Power tantrums. As you may already know, toddlers are notorious for exercising their independence. It’s cute how these little people suddenly try to tell you they’re the boss. And what happens when they hear “no”? They don’t know how to respond to that, so they react to it the only way they know best.

The secret here is to simply give him a choice. If she wants to have ice cream for lunch, tell her she can have it after lunch and give her options for the flavor, to help her look forward to it than focus on the fact that she can’t have it right away. Providing them with a choice gives them the feeling of being in control while you remain in charge.

2. Attention tantrums. Toddlers are not only control freaks, they are also very eager for attention. When they feel like they’ve lost yours, sometimes they scream or cry or bug you, which can be a problem when you’re busy.

The only solution to this kind of tantrum is to ignore it. However, you still have to should be ignored. However, you still have to explain to your toddler that you will only talk to him when he’s ready to calm down and speak nicely. Later on, the child will remember that throwing a tantrum will only make the parent ignore him further and that a more positive attitude will be his next plan of action to get you more involved.

3. Frustration tantrums. Here it goes again! When toddlers don’t get or do what they want, they usually throw a tantrum. Sometimes, it’s the crazy things that frustrate them too, like fitting the wrong shape into a shape sorter.

These usually pass quicker, especially if you’re there to assure your child that you understand why he’s upset and explain why some things can’t be done or help them complete the task (only assist, so they don’t always give up and ask for your help.)

4. Over-stimulation tantrums. These occur when they get overwhelmed (also by their surroundings) or don’t know how to deal with sudden pangs of hunger, boredom or sleepiness. They get really grumpy, more so when you don’t respond to their cues right away.

These are the easiest to handle. Remember to eliminate these common problems first as they really do decrease incidences. When neither of them work, then you’ve at least eliminated this type of tantrum.

 

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