Here are 6 tips to help your handle toddler’s temper tantrums
It’s been a long day at work. You just picked your toddler up from preschool. His teacher said he had a good day. So why is he on the floor, sobbing and throwing anything that’s in his reach? Ugh, toddler tantrums suck!
So let’s see, fever? No. Poopy diaper? No. Something pinching? No, He must be Hangry. (hungry and angry) You offer him a food packet and he throws it. You try to pick him up and he hits you. You decide to walk away and he follows you and throws himself on the floor kicking his feet. Now what…you’re tired, frustrated and don’t know what to do, wishing you could lay down on the floor next to him and cry too.
If you’ve gone through the checklist and it’s just a cranky time. Relax, this too shall pass. But in the meantime…
- When your toddler’s gone wild with a tantrum, don’t try and reason with him. He won’t hear a word you’re saying.
- Try bending down to his level and whisper, “I love you” in his ear.
- If you think he’s hungry but won’t eat, make a plate of food for yourself, sit at the table eating within his eyesight, saying “yum” but not interacting. You might be surprised how quickly your toddler forgets about his meltdown if he’s hungry.
- Choose one of his favorite books, sit away from him and start reading aloud.
- Weather permitting, take him outside.
- If all else fail, call Grandma.