Parents have often found themselves embarrassed while in the middle of shopping or just walking around the mall. This happens when the child they are with starts crying, whining, kicking and screaming after seeing something that he or she likes and was unable to get it.
Temper tantrums are a result of the inability of a child to express clearly what they want to say.
A child’s vocabulary is not as developed as those of adults and the frustration of not being understood by strangers, most especially by the parents can result to temper tantrums.
There are several reasons why a child may throw a temper tantrum. It could be because of a physical challenge, like being unable to reach a toy that was placed beyond the child’s reach. Difficulty in performing a task may also be a reason for a child to throw a temper tantrum. However, no matter what the reason is, temper tantrums can be avoided.
The first thing that you have to remember is that a child needs to have a routine that he or she can understand. When a child understands his or her schedule for the activities that he or she loves to do, the less likely that the child will throw a temper tantrum.
When you are going out shopping or to a place where you know that your child may get bored, don’t forget to bring his favorite toy or snack to keep him occupied.
A child’s vocabulary needs to be developed. As parents you need to teach and encourage your children to develop communication skills using words. Baby-talk may sound cute, but it will not help your child develop his communication skills.
It may even be a source of temper tantrums for the children, especially when they are not understood by the people that they are talking to. Enforce good behavior by praising your child for things that he has done well. The reverse is true as well. Never scold your child in public. A child can also feel embarrassed just as much as you do.
Dealing with temper tantrums may not be that easy. But there are ways to show your child that the behavior that he or she is showing is unacceptable. Try ignoring the tantrum and once the child calms down, explain to the child that the behavior was not good.
Do not give in to your child’s wants when he or she is throwing a tantrum. This will only give the child the idea, that throwing temper tantrums can get them what they want, and this could be a source of repeated tantrums and misbehavior.