3 Tips Parents Can Use To Survive Their Child’s 18 Month Old Tantrums

Everybody knows of the “terrible twos”, and every parent has survived it. It can be pretty frustrating to get through dinner with a monster 18-month-old tantrum taking place. What can you do about this to make things more pleasant for you, your child and everybody around you?

 

1 – Have Distractions

Parents know that sitting down for more than several minutes at a time is difficult for a child, especially if they are toddlers. So, if you must take your child out on errands, you might be wondering what you can do to stop the monster tantrums before they ensue.

Here’s one big answer for you: have a bag full of different things to make sure your child is occupied (remember, children at 18 months can be easily distracted). What are some of things you can put into the bag or have on your person?

- Distracting key chains
- Favorite books
- Mini flashlight
- Snacks
- Toy cell phone

Really, it all depends on what you want your child to play with, as most things will distract him/her.

 

2 – Set Boundaries

At 18 months of age, they are always testing their boundaries. It’s up to you, as parents, to teach them that there are some behaviors that are not acceptable – hitting, kicking, spitting, biting, etc. – for when they are upset or angry.

Anytime you see the older kids throwing a tantrum over a toy car or candy bar, it’s typically because their parents give in to avoid the embarrassment. Some parents, during these tantrums, just drag the kid out of the store, leaving their stuff behind in the cart to also avoid the embarrassment.

Many parents have a hard time saying “no” to their child. And, when this happens, the child will consistently throw the tantrum until he/she gets what they want.

 

3 – Allow The Child To Throw The Tantrum

Have you ever seen a child get so upset that nothing could calm him/her down? The reason this happens is that some children just need their own space. If you can allow them that space without them hurting themselves or somebody else, give it to them. After several minutes of alone time, come back to them in a calming tone.

These tantrums can be hard to get a handle on. But, remember, this is the age in which they learn about things around them. A temper tantrum is just one more learning experience for your child. It helps by teaching them what boundaries they have and how to console themselves.

18 month old tantrums are going to happen. However, how you handle your upset child will determine just how bad the temper tantrum gets.