The physical development of children is accompanied by a host of emotional changes. One of the most common indicators of this emotional tumult is the temper problems kids throw. It’s often difficult for parents to deal with these effectively, without resorting to yelling and punitive measures like grounding.
Persistent efforts are required to discipline kids when they are prone to throwing such tantrums. The situation is particularly difficult when your child is suffering from back-to-school anxiety. The prospect of starting a new school year puts children under a lot of emotional stress, as they contemplate a number of changes that, to them, seem overwhelming. Their insecurities manifest as erratic and aggressive impulses.
Ignoring the problem will certainly not make them go away. It is important for you to be patient, yet proactive. There are a number of techniques you can employ to stop your child from throwing tantrums when it’s time for them to head back to school. Read on to learn about five of these.
-One approach to tackling the problem is to simply ignore your child’s tantrums. This doesn’t mean you should ignore the problem altogether. Rather, it is more about giving your kid some space to regain self-control and let the tantrum run its course.
-Distracting your child by creating a diversion may be effective, as it helps your child forget the cause of their tantrum.
-Love is the answer to a lot of life’s problems, and your kid’s temper tantrums are certainly one of those. Kind words, complemented by warm hugs and kisses, should be able to calm down any kid, no matter how worked up they’ve gotten. A sweet cuddle can be a welcome release for their emotional turmoil. Supplementing this tender loving care with their favorite foods will certainly help!
-Incentives are not the exclusive preserve of corporate human resource departments! They work on kids too. Give your tantrum-throwing child an incentive to behave properly. Identify what kind of incentives serve to effective calm your child down when they are worked up. However, make sure that these incentives do not come across as a ‘bribe’ or as a reward for bad behavior.
– If all else fails, it might be necessary to take a hard-line against your child’s tantrums. If your child’s behavior becomes unbearable, do not hesitate to take punitive measures. Let your child understand that your patience, and indeed the patience of most adults, has its limits. Expressing their grievances is okay, but consistently exhibiting bad behavior, especially in public, is unacceptable and will lead to consequences.
With the aforementioned pointers, you will be able to effectively deal with your child’s tantrums, and restore some much-needed peace and quiet to your home!
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