Monday, July 21, 2008

Dealing with your child's stubborn tantrums

I found the following article on the web as I was reading up on suggestions on how to manage your child's temper tantrums. Please view

My wife and I experienced this once while shopping at Target. In hindsight, I think my daughter was just really hungry. And, she wanted a whole box of goldfish honey graham crackers, and wouldn't settle for anything less. She started crying at the top of her voice and would not stop.

I tried to reason with her, but to no avail. In the process, I almost lost my temper. At the end, it took me about 15 minutes to calm her and get her to agree (don't ask me how) that she wouldn't finish the whole box at one go!

Coming back to the article, it has some useful tips, although I won't say I will try all that the author Brenna E. Lorenz has written, on my daughter.

I would like you to read the article. Also, I would love to hear from you: What do you do to calm your child when she displays temper tantrums?



Krishnan Sivaramakrishnan said...

If we sense a serious difference of opinion is around the corner, we would do exactly what you evetually did. We would agree that our child can have the whole box, so long as he does consume it at one go.

The key may be to not let the situation escalate.

Krishnan Sivaramakrishnan said...

I also feel that tantrums is typically a way we adults would like to define things. Look at it from the child's view: she feels her stomach empty; it craves for food; she sees something she likes and wants to have it right now; she conveys that rather forcefully!

Would you call that tantrum? I am not sure.