Dealing With Your Child's Tantrums

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As a parent you’ll recognize signs and patterns of a child’s behavior that can lead to tantrums. Change his mood with distraction and you might avoid the tantrum.

By: Alia Haley

Raising a child is one of the most difficult jobs. Almost every day, you face situations that require you to discipline your child. Because parenting is not a perfect science no one can guarantee how your child will react in a given situation. However, below I’ve provided a handful of ideas that might help you deal with your child’s tantrums.

1. Talk to Your Child
Children do not really understand that they have to behave differently in different situations. As a parent, it is your responsibility to tell them what behavior you expect. For example, if previously you have been grocery shopping with your little one and he has misbehaved, remind him of that situation and explain that such behavior is not acceptable. You can tell him that his behavior upset you and if he does not behave he will be punished. You might also consider promising a small reward.

2. Tantrum Triggers or Signs
As a parent you’ll recognize signs and patterns of a child’s behavior that can lead to tantrums. Change his mood with distraction and you might avoid the tantrum. Keep him occupied with activities. When grocery shopping, ask him to help you by putting the grocery items into the cart.

3. React or Give into the Tantrums
Spanking the child or yelling at him might only aggravate the situation. However, by fulfilling the child’s wants and wishes every time he throws a tantrum, will teach him that this behavior will get him what he wants.

4. Isolate the Child
If your child misbehaves in public, it is both embarrassing and difficult to deal with him. In this situation, it’s best to carry your child to an isolated place where you can talk to him privately. Keep him away from public areas and do not react while he continues to misbehave. Once he stops, talk to him and tell him his behavior is wrong and you are upset with him.

5. Understand the Reason for His Behavior
Often kids display tantrums to get what they want or show stubbornness. However, sometimes other reasons can cause this behavior. You child could be hungry, thirsty, tired or just bored. Knowing the cause, will help you solve your problem.

Controlling your child’s tantrums is never easy, particularly when you’re tired yourself. However, staying calm and communicating with him will diffuse the situation. Spanking or shouting never produces the result that you want.

About the Author:
Alia Haley is a blogger who enjoys writing on parenting and environment the most. Being an eco enthusiast she prefers using only eco friendly materials and products. Currently she is busy looking out for some cool small garden design ideas for her newly bought house.

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