At 18 months old, tantrums are a normal part of your toddler’s development. They are a way for your child to express their frustration, which can happen when they are tired, hungry, or want something they can’t have.
Learning how to deal with tantrums can be challenging, but there are some things you can do to help. It’s important to stay calm, be consistent, and offer positive reinforcement when your child is behaving well. With time and patience, you will be able to help your child through their tantrums in a constructive way.
Why do 18-month-old tantrums happen?
Baby tantrums usually happen when kids try to communicate their needs but can’t find the words to express themselves. They might be tired, hungry, uncomfortable, or just plain frustrated. And because they can’t yet understand complex concepts like time, they might not be able to grasp that you’ll be back in a minute or that dinner will be ready soon.
Tantrums are also a normal part of child development. As babies learn to walk and talk, they also figure out how to control their emotions. And just like with any new skill, it takes time and practice to get the hang of it. So it’s no wonder that tantrums tend to peak around 18 months — the same age when many kids are learning to put two words together.
Dealing with 18-month-old tantrums
If your 18-month-old is having a tantrum, it can be tough to know how to respond. On the one hand, you want to give in to their demands and end the tantrum as quickly as possible. On the other hand, giving in can lead to more tantrums in the future. So what should you do?
Ignore the tantrum
While it may be hard to do, the best thing you can do when your 18-month-old tantrums are to ignore it. I know this goes against our instincts, but trust me, it works. You only reinforce the behavior when you give your child attention – even if it’s negative – during a tantrum.
Of course, this is easier said than done. It can be not easy to stand by and do nothing while your child throws a fit. But if you can, eventually, the tantrum will run its course, and your child will calm down.
In the meantime, try to keep yourself calm. If you need to, walk away from the situation until your emotions are under control. Remember, the goal is to not give in to the tantrum, so don’t let your anger get the best of you.
Leave the tantrum
When your child is having a tantrum, it’s tempting to try to talk them out of it, reason with them, or even join in and have a tantrum of your own! But tantrums are a natural part of growing up, and the best thing you can do is stay calm and let them run their course.
Here are some tips for dealing with tantrums:
-Don’t try to reason with your child during a tantrum – they’re not in a rational frame of mind and won’t be open to listening to you.
-Try not to react emotionally to the tantrum – if you get angry or upset, it will worsen the situation.
-Stay close by but don’t try to touch or console your child – they need to release their anger and frustration physically, and if you try to stop them, it will only worsen things.
-Once the tantrum is over, talk to your child about what happened and help them to understand why they felt so angry or frustrated. This will help prevent future tantrums.
Give in to the tantrum
Even though it may be difficult, the best thing you can do is try to remain calm. It’s important to remember that tantrums are a normal part of childhood development and a way for your child to express frustration. If you lose your temper, you’ll only escalate the situation.
Try to distract your child with another activity or offer a snack or drink if they are hungry or thirsty. If that doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to walk away for a few minutes. This will give both of you a chance to calm down once the tantrum is over and praise your child for controlling their emotions.
At 18 months old, your toddler is becoming more independent and may start to have tantrums when they don’t get their way. It’s important to stay calm and be consistent with your discipline. Try to provide a distraction or redirect your child’s attention to something positive. If tantrums continue, you may need to consult with a doctor or child development specialist.