Arlene Hernandez is the manager of Kids.gov , the government's official source for kids to find all kinds of government information.
When I was a teenager and hanging out at the mall, I used to see young kids wailing and crying and throwing a fit at the toy store. I would think “Geez, what’s up with that kid?” and I probably rolled my eyes.
Now that I’m a mother of a 3-year-old, when I see that situation all I think is “Oh that poor parent… I feel your pain.”
The other night, my son had a big meltdown. He refused to put his pajamas on. First it was a whimper, but within a few minutes it was a full-blown tantrum, complete with yelling, tears, stomping and throwing his body on the floor. My husband and I were just looking at each other like “I have no idea what to do… Can someone please call Super Nanny ?”
1. Redirect your child’s attention to something else, like a favorite toy or a trip to the library . 2. Remain calm and don’t lose control. 3. Hug or hold your child until the tantrum subsides. 4. Put your child in a quiet place where he or she can calm down.
So for all the parents out there – how do you deal with tantrums? Do time outs work for you? Has anyone tried using positive discipline ? Any suggestions for me and our readers?