Understanding the Temper Tantrum
We all need help with this one.
By: Taylor_Blue on: Wed 09 of May, 2007 [01:45 UTC] (1317 reads)
A temper tantrum is the way your child can express his emotions. He may throw himself on the floor while kicking, scream, cry, and flail his arms around. and sometimes even hold his breath. This may scare you, anger you, or even embarrass you. Here are some tips that can help you understand what’s going on when your child does this.
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• A temper tantrum is rarely a time to worry about your child. It is not a sign of a serious disorder.
• You may wonder what you’ve done wrong when your toddler does this. But just remember a tantrum is just him expressing what he feels inside. You are not in any way responsible for these outbursts.
• Almost all children have temper tantrums, they usually start at age two or three and start becoming more infrequent around age four or five.
• It’s a good idea to teach your child ways to express himself doing in other healthy ways. Some ideas are sharing feelings through make-believe or being busy with crafts.
• A toddler constantly wants to control his surroundings and the people around him. He always wants to try to be independent. When he doesn’t get the results he wants right away, or when he hears the word ‘no’ he can quickly become discouraged and upset. This can get out of control fast and because he doesn’t know how to express himself any other way he has a temper tantrum.
• Having a temper tantrum really makes a child exhausted. His emotional feelings drain out completely. Most times they will have a nap right after.
• The amount of times that your child has a temper tantrum can vary. But if your toddler is anxious or temperamental, often ill, gets little rest or lives in a stressful house they may have more tantrums frequently.
Just remember that this frustrating time will be over soon. Handling temper tantrums are a part of being a parent. Being calm and understanding with your child during this time will make it much easier on the both of you. It may seem forever before this stage ends but there is a saying that is so true, “This too shall pass…” Keep your chin up and keep smiling.