Flustered about your child’s tantrums? It’s a frustrating behavior that can stretch way beyond the terrible twos, but if you learn how to curb it early, you’ll be able to navigate this stage without losing your mind.
It never hurts to have more than one trick up your sleeve to thwart an outburst, so we’re happy to help by offering these 11 strategies. When your little pumpkin starts to go into Jekyll and Hyde mode, try one of these tips to stop the madness.
You know this tactic already, but never underestimate its power. “Hey, how about we play with/watch this?” can help you nip a tantrum. Find a toy, TV show, or anything to divert your kid’s attention.
It will feel like you’re retreating but you’re not. Instead of getting into a confrontation with your child, walk away during the messiness and allow him to calm down. If you’re in a public setting, calmly pick your child up so that you both can step away for a few moments.
3-Count to Stop a Meltdown in Progress
Okay, so this is pretty much a threat. Tell your child you’re counting to 3, 5, or whatever, and if they don’t stop by the time you get there, then ____. Name your consequence, and don’t bend.
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