- When your toddler can’t express themselves, they get frustrated and throw tantrums; you need to help them calm down so they can tell you what they need.
- Meltdowns are similar, you should help your child calm down and talk about what they are feeling and why.
- Remember that to discipline is to teach, so helping to shape your toddler’s behavior is a key part of being a parent or caregiver.
When your toddler isn’t able to express themself, they get frustrated and throw tantrums. It is your job to help them calm down so they can help you to understand what they need. Similarly, meltdowns are a great time to teach your child about their emotions. Stay calm, hold them and talk quietly about what they might be feeling; you are helping them find the words they need to express themselves. Stay connected during difficult moments and ask yourself questions like “What am I feeling?” “What is my toddler feeling?” “How can I help my child calm down and learn about strong feelings?” and “How can I help my child learn to move on?”
To find more information, check out:
American Academy of Pediatrics. (2015). Top Tips for Surviving Tantrums. Healthychildren.org. Retrieved from Top Tips for Surviving Tantrums
Arca, M. (2014). Calming the Storm: How to Help a Distressed Toddler. Radio MD: Healthy Children. Retrieved from Calming the Storm: How to Help a Distressed Toddler
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