Toddler Tantrums When 2 Years Old
Toddler temper tantrums
So you’re in a shopping mall scouring for some items when suddenly your two year old points at a toy nudging you to buy it, and his requests are met with a firm no. What’s next, your toddler starts wailing which doesnt seem to end. His face is now an angry purple red with fists pounding on you as his shrieks startle everyone around. Other shoppers stop to watch a spectacle unfold as you desperately walk your way out.
My two year old throws tantrums over everything. What should I do?
Seems a bit too familiar? Almost all parents have gone through this, although temper tantrums vary between children e.g. kicking, stomping, wailing, shrieking, etc. Temper tantrums are a natural phenomenon seen in young children, especially between the ages of 2 and 4 years. Remember that tantrums are not a way to gain dominance over parents becausetoddlers between 2-4 years are not fully capable of expressing their own emotions or manipulating them. They tend to throw a tantrum only when they are emotionally upset and know no other way to express it. Crying, hitting, throwing objects, and kicking are all common temper tantrums used by children to express their emotional distress. Though they are common, it can be very upsetting for parents when they become a regular sight.
What are the triggers for severe temper tantrums in 2 year olds?
Toddler temper tantrums are a way to express their frustration and anger. Children show them in the following cases:
- They are not able to do something as per their wish.
- They are asked to do something they do not want to do.
- They need to vent out their anger and frustration.
- They are tired or hungry.
- They are unable to perform a particular task.
- Want parent's attention.
- They have learned from past experience that temper tantrums have been rewarded.
What is the best way to deal with 2 year old tantrums?
Sometimes, it is wiser to avoid a tantrum before it even starts. Certain tips can help to avoid extreme temper tantrums in 2 year olds.
- Avoid going outdoors when the child is tired or very hungry.
- In case you are venturing out, it is better to bring a toy or a snack along.
- Always communicate with your toddler. Talking with your child helps his mind to be occupied.
- Make the child participate in the activities you are doing. For example, if you are at a supermarket, allow him to pick the groceries from a particular aisle.
- Put certain things (chocolates, candy bars) at dinnertime off limits so that they do not turn into ugly battles.
- Try to distract a child when a temper tantrum is about to erupt. Humour is an excellent way to divert his mind. Make a funny face, start a pillow fight or open a story book to get the toddler’s mind off what they are thinking.
- Praise your child for behaving well. He will remember it and will not throw a tantrum the next time.
Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.
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