How to Deal With Toddler Tantrums: Having children is so rewarding. It can also be exhausting, especially when you repeat yourself over and over again. Although it may feel like your child’s frustrating behavior is almost impossible to contain once they get started, there are lots of things you can do to avoid the worst tantrums. The key word to remember is ‘avoid’. Not to avoid your little darlings, but to choose your battles wisely and think smart when dealing with the dreaded toddler tantrum.
How to deal with tantrums: The Car Seat Conundrum
Some children positively hate being strapped into their car seat. However, as it is an absolute necessity, you have to get bit creative when dealing with the issue. The best way we found to avoid darling dearest having a tantrum when it’s time to get in the car is to make a game out of it all. Start off by singing songs and making funny faces to distract your child from the fact that you are walking towards the car.
Once you are inside the car, play ‘find the toy’ with their favorite teddy or doll and hide it underneath a blanket on their car seat. You can then ask them to show you what a good little toy looks like when they get nicely into their car seat, then ask your child to copy. The whole process only takes a few minutes, so leave the house a little earlier and your journey will start off with the blissful sound of a happy child.
The Grocery Cart Challenge
If you need to buy a lot of groceries, then you can’t avoid needing a cart, but you can avoid your little one kicking up a fuss when you need them to get into it. If your little one hates getting into grocery store carts, then first try to plan to go to the store when you have the most amount of time on your hands. That way, they can walk beside you when you shop and not get into the cart at all. If you just don’t have the time (and let’s face it, who does?), then when you get to the store head straight inside without a cart and go buy your little one a treat.
It’s amazing how quiet your kid becomes when they have a couple of cookies in their hand! This is proven to be one of best ways on how to deal with toddler tantrums! Once they are otherwise occupied you should be able to place them in the grocery cart seat without much fuss. If your child begins to fidget and complain once they have got through their treats, then play eye-spy using your grocery list, and ask your little one to look out for the things you know they like.
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The Teeth Brushing Test
Children should brush their teeth twice a day; in the morning and once again before bed. Until your child reaches the age of around 5-6 years of age, you will need to help your little one do this to make sure that all their teeth get a good clean. Children of all ages often don’t like brushing their teeth, so a good tactic is to simply tell them that if you are not able to brush their teeth, or if they do not brush them properly themselves, that a trip to the dentist is in order.
That should be enough to get them to open their mouth to let you get in with their toothbrush. Don’t go into too much detail about the various implements dentists do use to do a proper deep clean and scrape on grown up teeth as you don’t want to frighten your child. That will only make a future trip to the dentist another nightmare!
For older children, consider purchasing a child’s electric toothbrush. Due to the noise they make when in use, it’s a great way to tell if your child is brushing their teeth for the recommended amount of time. Some brushes come with little alarms or lights that notify the person using it that they have reached the recommended brushing time.