He throws a tantrum

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Parenting Skills -

1 PRE­VENT AND DIS­TRACT

If you’ve made the mis­take of tak­ing along a tired, hun­gry tod­dler to do a weekly shop, use dis­trac­tion. Sally-Anne ad­vises avoid­ing the con­fec­tionery and toy aisles at all costs. “Bring a favourite snack or drink to give him or let him help you by giv­ing him a list that he can tick things off as you both find them,” says Sally-Anne.

2 IG­NORE ON­LOOK­ERS

Repeat af­ter us: you’re not the first mum to wit­ness her child thrash­ing around in a rage on the su­per­mar­ket floor. “With four chil­dren of my own, I know that how­ever you re­spond to a tantrum in pub­lic, peo­ple will still watch you. My ad­vice is to ig­nore the on­look­ers and just focus on your child,” says Sally-Anne. “Slow down your breath­ing and try to stay calm. Hope­fully your tod­dler will calm down, too.”

3 GIVE HIM A CUD­DLE

Re­al­is­ing that he can’t con­trol his emo­tions can be an over­whelm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and your tod­dler will need re­as­sur­ance that you still love him de­spite his out­burst. “Once you’ve ex­plained your point, get down to his level and ask him if he’d like a hug,” says Naomi. No doubt it will make you feel bet­ter, too!

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