5 magic phrases to use when your child is throwing a tantrum
Article by Cherlynn Ng
Dealing with tantrums might be part of the package when you have children, but that doesn’t make them any less frustrating to deal with. Remaining calm is key to resolving such conflicts. However, we understand that this can be challenging in tense situations and leave you feeling helpless. This is especially so when your kid is already agitated and you do not have the luxury of having a helper or nanny around.
The next time your child kicks up a fuss, try calming them down with these magic phrases.
1. I understand how you feel but…
It is important not to downplay or brush off your child’s feelings even if their behaviour is not right. Instead, start by acknowledging their emotions before explaining why they should not act this way or why they cannot have what they want. Displaying empathy helps your child feel like they matter and that you understand them.
2. Hey, check this out!
Distraction can be an effective tool when your child is in the middle of a tantrum. Use their favourite toy or food to capture their attention or point out something in your surroundings to pique their interest. This is one of those rare occasions where a kid’s short attention span will work in your favour!
3. Let me give you a hug
Don’t belittle what a simple hug can do. Our bodies release ‘feel good’ hormones when we touch, whether through holding hands or cuddling. These hormones, such as oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin, are known to reduce stress and strengthen heart health. Hugs are not only known to be a form of pain relief, they also help people to bond and improve interpersonal relationships. Sometimes, all it takes is a simple hug to diffuse a tantrum.
4. Do you want to go outside?
A change in environment can distract your child and keep them calm. Take a short stroll in the park or go for a picnic. Studies have shown that spending time outdoors is one of the best ways to enhance mental and physical well-being. Not only is it a wonderful opportunity to let your child learn more about the world around them and aid in his/her development, being in nature will also help to relieve your stress. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!
5. I love you
We tend to take our loved ones for granted, thinking that they will always be there, but neglect to let them know how much they mean to us. Sometimes, all anyone needs is a reminder that we are loved.
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