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5 Tips for Dealing with Temper Tantrums

>> Aug 17, 2011

If you have a child who is between the ages of one and four, chances are that you have had to deal with what is commonly termed a temper tantrum. Of course, no parent wants to see their child turn into a little monster very suddenly, and in some cases, tantrums can become worse and more violent if they are not addressed properly. Here are a few things to consider for keeping temper tantrums at bay.

1. Understand that temper tantrums are normal.
Many parents, especially first-time mothers and fathers, may be extremely alarmed at their children's outbreaks. The most important thing to remember when dealing with temper tantrums is that they will inevitably happen. Taking things in stride when your child throws a tantrum is the best first step in dealing with them.

2. Don't give in to your child's demands during the temper tantrum.
Many parents, in utter exasperation, will give their children what they are demanding so that the temper tantrum will stop immediately. However, the problem with this approach is that it will inadvertently serve to reinforce their behavior. Children will quickly realize that in order to get what they want, they should throw a tantrum, and they won't stop it until they get what they are after. As such, never offer your child his demands during a temper tantrum.

3. Suggest a different location and activity during a tantrum.
Sometime children can be distracted from their tantrum such that they forget what bothered them in the first place. So, one good "plan of attack" is to calmly approach the child and suggest going to a different room to do a completely different activity from the one that she is engaged in.

4. Reward positive behavior. One way to avoid temper tantrums altogether is to be sure to praise your child when she behaves well. This way, the child will know that if she does approach situations nicely and politely, she will get what she wants, while if she throws a fit, she simply won't get what she is after.

5. If your child is prone to tantrums keep scissors and other dangerous objects out of reach. Some children's temper tantrums are more violent than others, and the last thing that you want to happen is for you or your child to get hurt. As such, if you know when and where tantrums usually occur, control the environment by keeping dangerous objects out of reach.

For more information on temper tantrums, the different types, and their causes, check out this National Association for School Psychologists article.

Author Bio:
This is a guest post by Nadia Jones who blogs at
online college about education, college, student, teacher, money saving, movie related topics. You can reach her at nadia.jones5 @ gmail.com.

1 komentar:

eden August 18, 2011 at 5:58 PM  

Thank you for sharing this tips, Lina! This are very helpful to parents who have little kids with tantrum.

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