One of the hardest aspects of childcare for almost any parent or guardian is the management of temper tantrums. Whether at home or at day care, young children are known to have tantrums that have parents all over Perth shaking their heads in frustration. While taking care of these tantrums in their numerous forms, is a challenge, it is not impossible and can be a learning experience for the child if managed correctly.
I Don’t Want To!
The most common form of tantrum is the kind that results from a child not wanting to do what he or she is told—doing a household chore, going to sleep, taking an afternoon nap or sharing with his or her peers. If and when this happens, it is important to look the child directly in the eye when speaking to make sure that you get his or her attention.
Speak clearly and try not to raise your voice too much as shouting can escalate the situation. Give direct orders, not requesting that he or she does something and enforce consequence for noncompliance, such as confiscating a toy or making him or her face the wall.
Sometimes tantrums can occur in public settings, such as the store or park. Although this can be embarrassing for you, there is no need to be alarmed, as anyone with children has gone through this at some point. Remain calm and use the same tactics you would for any other tantrum.
That being said, sometimes you can ignore the tantrum and once the child realises that he or she is not getting what is wanted, he or she may stop. If the behaviour persists, remove them from the setting.
Temper tantrums can be difficult to manage for even experienced parents and child care educators in Perth or elsewhere. Remember to stay calm, yet firm and the once the situation is dealt with, you can return to a state of peace.
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