Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Temper Tantrums

Children throw temper tantrums when they're angry or frustrated about something.  Usually if they don't get their way, they're over tired, hungry or they just want your attention they start to throw a temper tantrum.

When children are having a temper tantrum they might start to cry, scream or throw themselves on the floor.  When my four year old gets angry or frustrated she starts to cry and whine.  I always tell her she should be an actress because she's so dramatic.  She usually does that when she can't get what she wants or when she's hungry.  My three year old is a lot more emotional.  When she was younger she used to throw herself back onto the ground.  I was always afraid she was going to hurt her head. Now when she's having a fit she cries and runs around the house screaming.  Sometimes she throws things or runs upstairs to her room.  She usually acts that way because she's hungry and especially when she's tired. 

When your child is having a temper tantrum the best thing to do is ignore them and stay calm.  Don't give in to your child or reward that behaviour.  If they continue to act that way put them in time-out and explain why.  Don't go out with your child if they're hungry or tired.  When you do go out with your child make sure you bring a snack for them. 

After your child has a tantrum and you both had a chance to calm down, get rid of what caused the tantrum in the first place.  Talk to them and give them lots of hugs and kisses and praise them for behaving better.

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