If you have a child, you have at some point peeled his red-faced self-off the floor of the baking aisle because you told him no, you’re not buying sprinkles for dinner. (Was he still wearing pants when you exited the store? Congratulations.) Tantrums are common from ages one to four because kids become frustrated when they can’t get what they want. Younger kids may also lack the language skills to voice that frustration. Since a two-year-old doesn’t know how to tell you exactly where to stick that gummy worm you aren’t handing over, he loses it.
As kids mature, they get (somewhat) better at articulating their needs and exercising self-control. But people of all ages still boil over—because our team lost the soccer game or we just want the %*#@! DVR to work after a long day. And believe it or not, the tactics that calm a screaming toddler can apply to everybody. Here’s the classic three-point plan for managing a meltdown, followed by specific strategies.
Simple yet powerful. try it out.