Ice-cream or I-scream!
Who does not love Ice-cream, the soothing summer speciality? A gulp down the throat and you are relieved. My kid had tasted ice-cream first time this summer and he loved it to a great extent. Scoops of ice-cream would vanish in seconds, but the dinner would stay on the plate untouched.
After ice-cream, we tried chocolate and that also became loved possession. The size of bite though small, but having a bite became necessity. Soon enough, the health indicator of the Mommy-me was on high alert and we started cutting back on it. But when is it ever easy to say no to a child? The transition from ice-cream to I-scream was quick! It was then I realized that the phase of toddler tantrum had started.
Toddler tantrum can range from whining, crying to screaming and self-harm. Initially it was difficult to manage and then the age-old wisdom from my mother came to rescue. You can also try these tips and it might help you too!
How to handle toddler tantrums?
- All kids get cranky when hungry or sleepy. These are the first signs to check if a toddler has a meltdown.
- Give attention to your kids request. If reasonable then allow it and have an agreed limit for it. Example – Watching TV for 15 minutes or having only a bites of chocolate.
- Offer your kids choice between two similar things to avoid situations which can lead to tantrum. Asking questions which can be answered with direct no from kids is a big no-no. Example – Eat apple or a banana.
- Distraction can be another useful way to avoid confrontation. And, it works well for most of the kids. Removing the object from sight which causes distress works like a charm. Or, try doing an alternate activity to keep the kid engaged.
- If you are facing toddler tantrum after you have refused something to a child, ignore the tantrum. Move away and give the kid time to collect their thoughts. The kids realize in short time that crying does not always help. Do make it a point to explain them calmly why the request was denied.
- If nothing is helping, at times ignoring the tantrum is a feasible option.
You need to be consistent in your behavior too! If you give in once and ignore the other time, it might leave the kid more confused and crankier. Love your kid and talk positively when all is calmed. A soothing voice can do wonders. 🙂
Do let me know if these tips are helpful for you and also share ways in which you handle toddler tantrums. Will keep adding any new suggestions to the list. Till then, happy mommying! 🙂
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Great tips for calming cranky kids
I never had to deal with a toddler for a very long extended period of time, yet! This post gives me the idea of responsibility that one day I might have to experience! Looks like everyone will have to scream at some point in time in this journey!
Haha, everyone gets to enjoy it in due course of time. 😉
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Really, there’s no one way to calm a cranky kid. A mix of strategies work.
I think so too. 😉
Very helpful tips.
I completely agree with you about the methods you have listed here to deal with toddler tantrums. Very sound advice!
Thanks Noor for visiting. 🙂
This is what my sister does when her lil son gets cranky and stubborn. Thank you for posting this.
As you say it is extremely difficult to say no to our kids. But some amount of control is very necessary and we need to keep things under check.
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These methods sound really simple to help kids calm down but in reality they are very difficult to implement. I don’t have a kid of my own yet, but I’ve mostly failed in calming down my nephews and nieces. Hats off to all moms 😛
PS: I love how you choose the title for this post 😀
Omg! I remember handling my kids when they were toddlers. Moms have to give in to their tantrums when they become uncontrollable 🤪. Your tips are good!
This is helpful!! bookmarking it for my nephew
Great tips for parents with toddlers… It is really a tricky affair to tame toddler tantrums… Your tips will come in handy…
I think you kept the best point for the last. Consistency in the parents behaviour is the biggest key to controlling tantrum behaviour. No means no, and yes means yes. Kids need to understand that their meltdown will not change your response.
Thanks Nupur. This was the best advice I got from my mother-in-law.:)
Tantrums and cranky kids can make parents go bonkers. Practical tips.
A good post on handling toddler’s tantrums.
Loved the way you told about direct questions, give them options and its sorted! Great tip.
Those are very helpful points to handle cranky kids. Icecream is always a weakness, isn’t it?
completely agree with your points, great way to handle toddler tan turns which can be so tricky at times.
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Wonderful tips. My mom is a natural at calming down cranky kids. All my relatives always are at awe seeing her do it
When can I meet her to learn her secret. 🙂
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very well put. I have dealt with my son’s toddler days with ease – almost. These pointers are very important.
Lucky are the parents whose kids have no tantrum troubles. 😉 Thanks for visiting.
I am currently going through this phase as my son has just entered toddlerhood and his tantrums at times go out of my haand
It happens with all of us. Stay strong Momma! 🙂