Date Posted: 21/05/2020
Hitting. Screaming. Crying. Whining. Complaining.
Have you ever seen your child doing any of these? What did you do?
These are things a child does when having temper tantrums. Children can’t regulate their emotions very well, so they express it through actions. This is normal, especially for those aged 18 months until 4 years old.
When children have temper tantrums, it’s often because they don’t get what they want. They feel frustrated, or sometimes they are just avoiding an undesirable activity. A lot of them can’t express themselves or their needs through words. At the same time, they think that if they keep throwing a tantrum, they’re able to get their own way.
It’s essential that as parents, you know the strategies to handle this kind of situation. Here are some strategies you can look into and see what can work best with your child:
For example, if the child is avoiding tidying their toys after playing, never agree that you will do it. Instead, explain that if they don’t tidy up that they can’t play with their toys for a few days.
When your child is having their tantrum, it’s crucial that you are calm and can understand that it’s not your fault. As a parent, it’s easy to think that when a child expresses naughty behaviour, it’s because you didn’t do enough. That’s not true. There are many factors as to why a child does this. Handle it well and be patient.