Any parent can tell you that one of the most difficult things to handle when it comes to children is temper tantrums. Children throw temper tantrums at all different ages and it is vital that parents learn how to handle them when they begin.
Parents often are surprised to find out that they can begin to prevent temper tantrums when a child is just an infant. Continue reading and find out how you can prevent or at least minimize temper tantrums with your child.
1. Establish a routine.
It all really starts with a routine. You must establish a routine for your child. This begins at about three months of life. Routines are so key because children learn to trust and they learn what to expect when they have a solid daily schedule.
When children trust and they know what to expect they tend to behave better for you. They know that the adults in their life are people they can depend on. This will prevent temper tantrums because they know exactly what to expect next within their day. Sure, the child will test these limits from time to time but you must be consistent.
2. Be consistent with your child.
Consistency is the next key tip you need to follow as a parent. Again, this builds trust and trust is exactly what a child needs to feel secure. Avoid any frustration or involvement of emotion when your child becomes upset.
This is very difficult for parents but the more you practice the better you will become. Avoiding emotion in tantrum situations will be key in following through with consistency. Your child will quickly learn that you stick to your expectations.
3. Do not give the tantrum your attention.
One phrase that you should always remember as well is, "the behavior that gets the most attention will be repeated". If the temper tantrums that the child is throwing get a lot of attention, the child will quickly learn that you will pay more attention to him when he acts out. Avoid paying attention to this type of behavior.
It is important to think outside of the box when learning to deal with temper tantrums. The earlier you can follow these steps the easier it will become to deal with your child's emotional breakdowns. They are bound to happen but it is vital that you as a parent learn how to deal with them before they even start.
The older the child is the more difficult it is to change behaviors but it is possible. Just remember, establish and follow a routine with well established consistency!