7 Ways to Deal with Temper Tantrums in Toddlers
Temper tantrums in toddlers in the classroom are generated by different needs such as feeling tired, thirsty, hungry or intimidated.
Anxiety is the result of a given situation that needs to be clarified and managed to calm down the child. As a teacher, you need to recognize this legitimate emotion without getting nervous from your side.
“Remember you need to be an iceman.”
1. Children learn by copying their parents (and sometimes their teachers)
It is normal to feel anger and there is nothing to be ashamed of. What is abnormal is when the child imitates a bad model.
As a teacher, I try to demonstrate how to easily manage anxiety situations in my classroom.
Ex of what I’m saying: “Take three deep breaths to calm down and distance yourself a few minutes in the music hall and then we will talk.”
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2. Teach the child new vocabularies to express his emotions
Make a list with your students to define each degree of anger; Start from the weakest to the strongest emotion:
- Not happy
Every vocabulary has to be introduced by a face showing the same emotion. This list helps me to anticipate things and reduce the rate of tantrums in the classroom.
3. Read short stories about tantrums crisis
It is important to read and discuss stories with students about anger. I’m used to analyzing the hero’s face and words applied to express anger. Also, it’s helpful to ask questions about the character and what made him feel angry.
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4. Prepare preschoolers to face disappointment in life
By preparing children to face a possible disappointment or defeat, you will help them to cope with their anger and to get psychologically ready for any future situation.
5. Teach them how to put the right words to identify his emotion
Help the child to express his anxiety by teaching him some understandable sentences like:
“I am angry because…”
“I am feeling bad because …”
Show him how much you care about his feeling, It is by recognizing and accepting the child emotions that we teach empathy.
6. Make the angry child draw his feeling
When the child learns to express himself through drawings, he can say that he is angry without falling into a crisis of rage.
After finishing his drawing, ask him to explain it, I suppose you have already taught him some vocabularies to express himself.
You may make a catalogue of drawings and be sure to share it with his doctor if necessary.
7. Develop the child’s imagination through “Tell The Story” by SOS Teachers
Sometimes you may use all the steps above without any improvement.
Our short stories are discussing various situations with an easy way; We use the power of images to spread awareness.
This funny method helps the child to expand the dimensions of his imagination by making him a part of the story; He is required to give the general idea of the story and give a piece of advice. The more your child grows up, the better this story could have a developed resume. In this way, you will evaluate your child/student progressively and he will acquire the necessary narration skills at an early age.
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