Here is the list of the 10 smart ways to tame your child’s tantrum from hell:
10. Ignore the Kid.
The reason this works is fascinating: “During a tantrum, your child is literally out of his mind. His emotions take over — overriding the frontal cortex of the brain, the area that makes decisions and judgments,” says Jay Hoecker, MD, a Rochester, Minnesota, pediatrician. “That’s why reasoning doesn’t help — the reasoning part of his brain isn’t working … Once he chills out, then you can talk.” (2)
Some moms say that if you do not react to a toddler’s tantrum, the child may just give up. Put them in bed as eventually they tire and fall asleep.
A lot of moms swear by this and say it works.
If things are too much for your child to process, you might like to do this next one.
Just like us, if things get to be too overwhelming, we usually ask for space.
9. Give Your Child Some Space.
“Sometimes a kid just needs to get his anger out. So let him!” says Linda Pearson, a nurse practitioner and author of The Discipline Miracle. (Just make sure there’s nothing in tantrum’s way that could hurt him.) “I’m a big believer in this approach because it helps children learn how to vent in a nondestructive way.” (3)
If you are at home and your child is in a safe environment, just let him vent and tire himself out.
If your child is too focused on what is bugging him or her, maybe you might like to change your child’s attention … see next page.