How is it that a parent may prevent their toddler from having a meltdown? Clinical Psychologist Dr. Ray Levy shared that meltdowns are a fact of childhood between the ages of 1 and 4, because toddlers have not developed coping skills. Meltdowns result from scenarios when toddlers don’t get what they want. Often times, toddlers between 1 and 2 have meltdowns as a means of communication, because they are limited in communicating their needs. Or, they may possibly be attempting a power struggle. Here are a few calming techniques to use with your toddler:
- Stay calm.
- Screaming does not help.
- Remain where you can see the toddler but ignore the behavior.
- Do not give in to the toddler’s demands. Create a diversion.
- Research the source of the frustration.
- Give warm hugs.
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