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Does your kid have frequent emotional outbursts? It can be quite challenging for you to take care. As a parent, you must understand that your child is having an emotional breakdown as they are not able to convey their feelings to you through words. You have to always stay prepared for all those episodes of temper tantrums, meltdowns, defiance, outbursts, etc. Though emotional outbursts are a part of growing up, sometimes dealing with an emotional child can leave you feeling frustrated.
Here are some effective ways to deal with emotional kids:-
Look out for early signs
Closely observe your child for early warnings of an emotional break down. Your child will usually experience one or more of these early signs such as:-
- Fidgeting a lot
- Getting irritated
Address these early signs by mentioning the sam to your child like “you are fidgeting or you are getting irritated” to warn them and divert their attention.
Find out the trigger
Have a chat with your child after an emotional meltdown to know what them angry, sad or irritated. Allow your child to describe the way they feel right before an episode of meltdown. This would help them realise the signs over which they must have control.
Allow your child to get back to reality
Wether at home or in public allow your child to go on with their episodes of tantrums. Just be stable and allow your child to feel that they are not under your control. Your child will get tired of the emotions soon and would get back to reality in a few minutes.
Maintain a journal
Note down the days and time during which your child was highly emotional. Write down those incidents which kindled this behaviour in your child. This would be helpful for you to avoid them in future.
Distract your child
Whenever you feel that your child is going to have an emotional outbreak, you can keep some activities or have some music ready to divert their feelings and make them calmer. These distractions will help your child to focus their attention on something else.
Reassure your child
When you are having a talk with your child after an emotional episode, you have to reassure them that what they felt was natural and there is nothing to feel bad about it. You can tell them that they must not hurt themselves or others when they are angry or upset.
Give limited choices
Usually when children have many choices to choose from, they tend to get confused and might demand all the options. Give your child a very limited choice by limiting it up to three. For instance, when you are offering them a snack, tell them that they can either have a banana, a cup of milk or an apple.
Allow outbursts occasionally
Instead of suppressing your child’s emotional outbursts, allow it to come out occasionally, as it would relieve them greatly. Give them time to wail, shout or cry, as it would help them feel better. Hug them later.