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Toddler meltdowns are inevitable. As frustrating as they can be, they’re an essential part of little ones’ development. Despite being a necessary part of growth, it’s still possible to tame these troubling tantrums without any tears (from toddler or mom). While we’re not trying to eliminate a toddler’s means of communication, these tips and tricks will help make meltdowns more productive. Check out these four ways to find the calm after the storm.

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Understand the Root Cause

Make sure the parenting resources you follow support you in your motherhood journey. We recommend @DrBeckyathome, who holds a wealth of knowledge to support parents through troubling toddler tantrums. Her main ideology stems from the notion that a tantrum is so much more than a sandwich cut the wrong way, or a shirt with buttons rather than snaps, but instead is built up frustrations that your child is releasing. Uncovering the root cause of meltdowns is the first step in helping your tot through these challenging emotions.

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Get Outside

Fresh air can do wonders for everyone’s mental state. Simply a change of environment can bring your toddler’s focus away from pent up frustration and toward their surroundings. A calm breeze and warm sunshine can help kids calm down so they are better able to communicate their needs, without the kicking and screaming.

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Power of Choice

The catalyst of many meltdowns is when toddlers feel as though they’re out of control. Bring the power back to your little ones by allowing them to make choices that impact their day. Do you want strawberries or raspberries with lunch? Would you prefer to go to the playground or the zoo today? By limiting it to two options, the parent remains in control, but your toddler still feels like they have important input.

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Sensory Play

There is no greater way to release frustration than with a tub of water and measuring cups. A sensory experience, whether it’s finger painting with colored yogurt or dry rice in a bin, can help your toddler transfer overwhelming feelings into productive play. Sensory play can calm little ones’ emotions so they can work to express what’s truly causing their distress.

 

While meltdowns are sure to be a part of growing up, these tips and tricks can help make them as painless for all parties involved!

Juliette is a published author and illustrator. She has contributed to numerous blogs and online magazines, writing on topics from love and relationships to wellness and motherhood. Juliette resides outside of Washington D.C. with her husband and son.