When your child is melting down, it’s important to realize that they need your support in that moment.
Trying to discipline or teach your child in the midst of a tantrum is only going to frustrate both of you more and escalate the situation.
Wait until your child is calm before addressing any behaviors that might need to be addressed.
Instead of trying to correct your child, the best thing you can do during a tantrum is to support them.
They need your help.
Pause and ask yourself what your child might need from you.
Your child may simply need space and time to express their emotions. When they are too young to do this verbally, this might look like a tantrum.
Your calm, close presence may be just what they need to feel safe and supported.
Your child might need you to help them implement a calming strategy like deep breathing, squeezing a stress ball, or engaging in some other soothing sensory activity.
Your child might need you to keep them safe physically by preventing them from hurting themselves or others.
Over time you’ll get to know your child’s needs and you’ll find it easier to help them through their tantrums.
As frustrating as it can be, you can really build trust and connection with your child when you are able to support them through some big feelings.
Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.
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