Toddler Temper Tantrums – Tips To Avoid Them

Your 2 year old is sitting in the corner of the room, screaming, crying and hitting himself all because he could not have his favorite ice cream. You are practically tired of this kind of behavior and your anger wells up. You scream and shout words that that little one will surely not understand…and you really wonder how to end this confusion.

Temper tantrums are very common among 1 to 3 year olds as that is the age they are learning a lot of things. They begin to learn a few words, put it to sentences but they understand much more than they are able to speak. So they get really frustrated when they cannot actually convey what they really want and the crying, screaming, hitting come naturally.

There are several ways you can avoid temper tantrums. Firstly when the child throws a tantrum be sure he is not making an act just because he is not able to grab sufficient attention. For a child even negative attention is fine so be sure you reward him time and again whenever he is good so he does not need to throw a tantrum. Secondly as all parents know make sure your toddler is not sleepy or hungry or else he will definitely show his frustration.

Thirdly even toddlers like a bit of independence so give them small choices like “do you want to play now or later” rather than force yourself on them. Make sure that those things that you cannot give your toddler are out of reach and out of sight though that is of course impossible in a grocery store or a shopping mall. Sometimes distracting the child works but many a times these little ones are so stubborn that they actually get on your nerves.

Keep your toddler busy. Indulge him in outdoor and indoor games and activities so he is happy and busy. Do not be rude always, if the request is not too outrageous try to accommodate. But be firm in safety issues like knives, pens or anything that may hurt them. Any temper tantrum in such issues the toddler should know his parents will be tough.

Esther Gideon


The author is a postgraduate in business management and is a mother of a four year old and an eight month old.