Toddler tantrums are a fact of life - but there is a lot you can do to reduce how often they happen and how long they last.
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Disneyland Not Required
There is no need to make wild promises to distract your child: the sun or the moon, or even new toys/chocolate bars are all surplus to requirements.
great thing about this age group is their enthusiasm for even the most
basic everyday things. Make no mistake: a cardboard box, if used in the
right way, can be an excellent distraction for any toddler.
Variety's The Spice Of (An Easy) Life
Many parents and carers are used to using distraction on a basic level – ‘Oh, look - is that a cat over there?’ This is great, but is not always enough to snap kids out of tantrum rage.
What you need is a variety of interesting distraction strategies at the ready for those festive meltdowns. If you know how to surprise and make your toddler curious enough to forget what she was screaming about, she will be putty in your hands.
1. Observe your toddler today and note 2 household objects they are interested in.
2. Secondly, what makes them laugh? What everyday objects could you use to distract your child in a funny way – for example making a wooden spoon talk etc.
A tantrum happens when the child is overwhelmed by feelings that she
cannot control. Sometimes it is possible to spot the warning signs: her
face screwed up in frustration while trying to open the toy box, or the
increasingly frantic attempts to open the fridge (ah, those pesky child
What Can I Do About My Child's Outbursts?
There is a lot you can do to reduce the impact tantrums have on your family.Toddlers are challenging, but the great news is that they are very predictable, and very easy to influence. This means that what works for one toddler tantrum will be effective for most.
Seek medical advise, if you feel your child's outbursts are not the norm.
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