Tantrums: why they happen & how to respond
This is one question to which every parent is looking for an answer. Children in the age group of 2-6 are known to have temper tantrums at some point in time. It can be triggered because of various reasons like:
- Being upset about something
- Not getting what they want
- A power struggle with parent or sibling etc.
The trigger could be quite different for every child. But one of the most common reasons children throws tantrums is to express their dislike or frustration and grab parents’ attention. Remember, they are still small and don’t have the maturity of adults to communicate their feelings. They are still not able to regulate their emotions.
Though showing such emotions are a normal part of growing up, parents need to be watchful as some medical professionals believe that regular tantrums could be caused because of lack of certain skills that could help them understand the situation better and respond in a better manner. What parents need to do is learn to manage kids emotions and channelize them into communication.
How can parents understand and manage children’s tantrums?
Another thing every parent need to remember is that your child having or not having tantrums is not an indicator of your parenting ability. What is important is how you respond to the tantrums and helping your child cope with feelings and emotions in a better way.