BabyCenter Guest Bloggerposted in Toddlerhood
By Bethanie Garcia
When I was pregnant with my first child, I got some great parenting advice — probably the best I’ve ever received. My mom said to me, “Parenting is hard. Worth it, but hard.” At the time, I thought, “Uh, okay? Thanks for the encouragement, Mom!” But after three kids, I hold that advice close to my heart. It helps me know I’m not the only one facing parenting battles. I’m not the only one at my wit’s end. I’m not the only one trying not to go crazy.
Lately, the parenting battle has been tantrums. Every child is different and every mom or dad parents a different way, but no one is immune. Tantrums come in all shapes and sizes and can turn even the sweetest littles into little monsters! My almost-3-year-old is the sweetest child on the planet. She’s always been a mama’s girl and I thought she was perfect — until she turned 2-and-a-half. She and her older sister gang up on me and coordinate their tantrums to occur at the same moment. At first, it was miserable. There was no turning back and nothing worked.
But after a few years of parenting, I’ve learned a few hacks that can prevent a tantrum or sidetrack a child in the midst of one.
Here are my go-to’s:
- Coloring books: Have a coloring book and crayon set nearby. Sit your toddler down with the coloring book and crayons and walk away. Walk into the next room and take a breather.
- Mott’s for Tots Apple Juice: Mott’s is basically my secret weapon. It’s fruit juice plus purified water and essential vitamins. My kids can’t get enough. In the midst of a tantrum, tell your children to take three deep breaths and give them a cup of juice. (I even have a glass of juice myself!)
- Change the setting: if you’re in the living room, move it to the playroom or bedroom. If you have a really small house, walk to the park.
- Take a field trip: Even just heading into the backyard helps my kids get some of that potential tantrum energy out.
- Dance it out: Sometimes, there’s no avoiding the inevitable tantrum. So instead of fighting it and getting frustrated, I crank up some dance music and jump around with the kids. I can almost guarantee that your angry child will start smiling and dancing with you.
- Bath time: If all else fails, I run a lukewarm bath and let the kids play with their favorite bath toys.7. Quiet time: If your kid has already had a nap (which is the most usual response to that mid-day tantrum in our house), try quiet time. They can sit on their bed and read a book or play quietly in their room until they “feel better.”
Tantrums are inevitable, but having a backup plan always helps. Remember, parenting is HARD, but we are all in this together!
How do you handle toddler tantrums?
Less sugar, more goodness! When you think your little one’s ready for juice, fill that sippy cup with a juice made specifically for them. One that cuts down on the sugar while adding essential vitamins. Find your tot’s flavor!
Bethanie is a California-born and -raised blogger, living in the hot Arizona desert. She has three kids, ages 3 and under. She met (and fell in love with) her husband in high school. She blogs about life, style, and motherhood at TheGarciaDiaries.com. You can often find her online shopping (when her hubby’s at work, of course), catching up on KUWTK, or wrangling her kiddos — all while wearing her favorite mom-themed graphic tee with a highly caffeinated drink in hand!