Young children easily get frustrated and angry resorting to temper tantrums. This is natural.
What isn’t natural is the manner that parents respond to their fits. It is very rare that a parent can remain cool and calm while their beloved child is carrying on in such a manner, especially in public.
This article will present some things parents shouldn’t do as a response to a temper tantrum. Then it will discuss how a parent should handle a temper tantrum in a public place.
Let’s first look at what mom or dad shouldn’t do.
1. They shouldn’t spank their child.
Spanking or inflicting any other kind of violent response can shock the child’s entire nervous system with either pain and terror, or resentment and anger.
2. Parents shouldn’t tell their children that the boogeyman will come and take them away.
This kind of fear can have a lasting effect on the child.
3. Parents shouldn’t yell at or threaten their children during a tantrum,
or any other time either.
Now that you know what not to do, let’s look at some positive ways to respond to a tantrum throwing child.
1. Take your child by the hand and lead him to a quiet spot.
2. Be polite to your child.
Don’t embarrass him in public and don’t tell him that he is embarrassing you with his behavior.
3. Don’t tell him you don’t like him.
It’s his behavior you don’t like.
4. Sometimes it’s best to just leave the place and head for home.
5. Don’t ignore your child.
He is frustrated or angry about something and can’t express himself clearly. Be loving and firm. Hug him and remind him to try to say what he feels.
If you need more help in dealing with this type of behavior Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue hosts classes for parents. One of those classes titled Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!
For more information on how to join this class and for its location call