Toddler tantrums are regular when you have a one, two or three-year old at home. Learn some tricks and tips for next time the tantrum erupts.
Hunger and fatigue are the most common reasons for a toddler tantrum. However, there are times when the melt down begins for no specific reason. For these circumstances, consider these tips and tricks.
The silly reaction:
In the beginning of a meltdown, stop the tantrum in its tracks by doing something silly. Laughter releases endorphins in the brain. If it’s outside the routine and they don’t expect it – they may return with a laugh and the tantrum will diffuse.
Give longer goodbyes:
When it’s time to leave the house and no longer time for toys, or the goodbye after play group, allow a five minutes to ‘sign off’.
Easing them into a change by repeating “bye-bye toys” or “bye-bye friends” is an option, and is certainly better than dragging a screaming toddler away from play group.
Returning yelling with whispering:
The tantrum has begun to include some screaming – what do you do to diffuse it? Instead of yelling out or instantly disciplining, start whispering.
It will only work if you have their attention and they are looking at you. However as soon as they notice your quiet, soothing voice, they may quiet down too to work out what you are saying. Don’t rely on this trick too often, but have it up your sleeve!
The cold shoulder:
It can be almost impossible to ignore a toddler tantrum, but by ignoring the antics and carrying on with what you’re doing, it can diffuse the situation. If they aren’t doing something harmful, it can teach them that a tantrum will not give them a reaction or what they want. It can be the best method to stop a tantrum in its tracks.