We all know how difficult tantrums can be with all the screaming, the crying, the non-comprehensible words, the falling on the ground, and violent outbursts. It’s especially terrible if the tantrum is thrown in public and is uncontrollable. How should you handle a tantrum? With discipline or talking? Here are a few techniques to handle tantrums.
Designate a crying spot:
Having a crying spot lets them cry and cry as much as they need to until they can come back and join everyone else. Another great alternative is the cool off spot. If your child gets too angry, send your child to the designated cool off area. There you can provide stress balls or anything else that calms your child down and avoids a violent out burst.
Get on their level:
When you’re on their level, you are able to get closer to them and they can hear what you are saying better. Also when you’re on their level, you don’t seem as threatening.
Distraction is key:
Distract from the situation! Since younger children have shorter attention spans, it is easy to distract them from what is making them so upset and finding something else to occupy them.
Time out can be useful if every tactic you’re trying is unsuccessful. Time out not only gives your child a break from you, but you also find time to clear your head and calm down as well. Time outs can be super short or about 2 minutes long, just not too long because your child will begin to feel isolated and get whiny, which will start the whole tantrum over again.
I hope some of these tactics work for you! Share with us what you do when you kiddo gets cranky and throws a tantrum.