Stopping Toddler Temper Tantrums Before They Start
By lk4rt • December 11, 2017 • 15 month old baby temper tantrums
If you are the parent or caregiver of a one to three year old child, you know how frustrating it can be dealing with a toddler’s temper tantrums. Venturing out is usually a favorite pastime for many toddlers in their early stages of development. Children of this age range love to explore the environment they live in. Communication through the spoken language is being developed, but many toddlers will tend to use other forms of communication that can be less pleasant to endure. This is because, quite often, a toddler can become frustrated, or displeased with a new environment, or with a particular situation that arises but the toddler is not successfully able to do communicate his / her feelings through words or normal hand gestures. This can result in the toddler going into a wild and unrelenting temper tantrum.
While it may seem that the frequency of a toddler’s temper tantrum is purely random, many toddler meltdowns can be linked to a feeling of insecurity, a lack of sleep, or they are simply hungry. Many tantrums can be avoided by paying attention to the basic needs of a child.
Happy Routine – Happy Toddler
Toddlers do best when they are on a well-followed schedule. Small children look forward to their routine because they like to know what to expect. Unexpected surprises can wreck havoc on a toddler. Having a routine provides a much needed sense of security for most children. So it comes as no surprise that toddler temper tantrums can be caused by extreme deviations from what they are accustomed to doing in their daily schedule. By following a consistent routine on a daily basis, toddler frustrations can be limited and some tantrums may even be avoided.
Getting ample amounts of sleep is very important for a growing toddler and having a set bedtime is even more important. Toddlers and small children need to have a scheduled bedtime in the evening that allows them to get at least eight hours of sleep. Naps during the day can also greatly benefit small children and toddlers as well. Eye rubbing, whining, and yawning throughout the day are usually helpful indicators that your child is experiencing varying levels of fatigue. When these minor signs first make their appearance, children should be encouraged to take a nap. An unexpected tantrum can occur when a child is experiencing major levels of fatigue so it is best to pay attention to the smaller warning signs of fatigue to help avoid an unnecessary tantrum.
Some tantrums can be avoided by making sure toddlers are fed when they are hungry. A hungry child will usually experience more challenges with maintaining attentiveness and / or self control than one who is kept well fed. It is important for toddlers to have three meals and two or more snacks every day. This can be much easier to accomplish for caregivers by having nutritious snacks available during the day. Raisins, crackers, or apple slices can make for a great snack on the go and can also mean the difference between a child kicking and screaming in a shopping mall versus waiting patiently while clothes are being purchased.
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In short, most toddler temper tantrums can be prevented or avoided by being more attentive to a child’s needs. Following a schedule, enforcing bedtimes, encouraging nap times, and providing meals and snacks for toddlers can help reduce tantrums caused by insecurity, tiredness, and hunger.