All children have meltdowns, but some are more extreme than others. If your child has been throwing temper tantrums more often than usual, our specialists at Pheno Brain Training have seven tips that may help the next time your child tries to act out.
Pheno's Tips for Meltdowns:
- Make sure your child is leading a healthy and balanced life. It’s important that your child gets enough sleep, eats regular and healthy meals, and has enough playtime to reduce stress.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s important as a parent to be clear about your expectations, and to avoid conflict where it isn’t due. Oftentimes, nitpicking can lead to unnecessary meltdowns.
- Be sure to stick to a routine. Children are less likely to have a meltdown or outcry when they know what’s expected of them, and when. By sticking to a schedule, you’ll have prevented a possible blow-up that was triggered by uncertainty and change.
- Set expectations and give warnings. Remind your child when things need to be done, such as homework or getting ready for bed. By continuing to remind your child of what is expected, he or she will be less likely to have a meltdown when they know what’s coming.
- Set an example. When your child is having a meltdown, oftentimes this can lead to stress, and will cause a parent to act out. By staying calm during a meltdown, your child will be more likely to follow your lead.
- Ask your child what’s wrong. By acknowledging that something is wrong with your child, you’re opening the door for conversation. Allow your child to explain, and try to be understanding of the issue at hand.
- Make sure your child understands the punishment. By discussing what type of punishment will happen before a meltdown occurs, your child will be less likely to have the breakdown. No child wants to go to timeout, so by letting them know what the punishment will be, they may decide against a meltdown.
Meltdowns can be stressful on parents and children alike. If you find that after following these tricks, you are still unable to control your child, please reach out to the professionals at Pheno Brain Training for help. Give us a call at (913) 608-9343.