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Dealing with Tantrums
Tips for Working with Young Children
We all get angry. When a child starts to become angry, try showing affection or giving him a hug. Sometimes this is all a child needs to regain control. You can also try to ease tension through humor. Gently kidding a child out of a temper tantrum offers the opportunity to save face. But be sure that you are not teasing or being sarcastic.
When a child does become angry let your child know it is normal to feel angry. Suggest other ways he can express his feelings. Encourage him to use words, rather than hitting.
When a child resorts to a tantrum your response is critical. This is the time your child needs you the most. He needs you to remain calm. He needs your help to regain control. Try ignoring the tantrum if you can. Take your own time out if you need to. If the tantrum cannot be ignored, try giving your child a time out, a chance to cool down. Or remove your child from the situation. Hold your child closely, and talk softly to your child. Try to understand why your child is angry.
Anger is a feeling we all have. Parents need to help children learn how to manage their anger and how to channel it into positive action. Tantrums are powerful tools for children to use to get their needs met. If you give into tantrums, whining, and other negative methods of expressing anger, your child will find it hard to understand other points of view and to develop appropriate ways of dealing with anger.
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