Mommy Needs To Vent
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Toddler Temper Tantrums
I am writing this article right now as my 19 month old toddler is having a temper tantrum. It started over a bottle of Children’s Motrin. He wanted it and I didn’t want to give it to him….Do you blame me. He saw it while he was in the bathtub and even went as far as trying to drown himself. I took him out and he threw himself to the floor, screaming and crying. I went to make him dinner and he got mad and threw it all on the floor, still having the same tantrum from the medicine bottle. How in the world am I supposed to keep my sanity when my most of the time calm and sweet toddler is acting like this? I started looking things up on the web and found lots of advice online and even some expert advice on tantrums in 2 year olds and preschoolers. I did not find much on a one year old having temper tantrums. Here is a summary of what I collected on toddler temper tantrums.
- It is best to ignore your toddler while they are acting like this. Do not give into the situation or you will not be consistent. Yes. Consistent. Consistency is one of the biggest things you must learn to do while your child is young to efficiently discipline them.
- Comforting your toddler while they are having a tantrum may actually make the toddler’s temper tantrum worse. They are already mad and testing you. The best thing to do is ignore them if they are not getting their way. Reaction out of you is what they want. It may make you feel bad that they are so upset with you, but it will be for the best in the long run.
- Keep a close eye on your toddler. For example in my situation, my son will use objects to throw and throw himself down. Make sure there is not anything around your toddler during a temper tantrum that can harm them.
- Sometimes it is wise to remove the toddler out of the situation. If you are outside, move them in, or vice versa. If you are in public then you may want to take them back to the car.
- Always remember to STAY CALM during your child’s temper tantrum. Remember that this is part of their normal development and like everything else it will pass and your child will grow into a independent normal toddler!
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