It may seem like your toddler or kindergartener does not have problems. While they may not have to think about bills and work deadlines yet, they do get bad days too. And we know how these bad days can drive super parents crazy.
When your kid’s got a bad mood, it can be tempting to just let them play with gadgets or bribe them with sweet treats - but these things don’t do anything to help your child grow emotionally. In fact, “buying” your child’s happiness can make it difficult for them to deal with emotions even as they grow older.
So, what should a parent do when his or her kid is in a really bad mood? Here are some useful ideas.
Labeling your child as “bad” and “uncooperative” can have serious consequences. These negative words can have long-term negative effects that can crush your child’s confidence. Instead of resorting to these negative labels, try to encourage your child to talk about his or her negative emotions. Help your child understand what is causing the feelings of negativity. Try to explain the meaning of sad or angry or frustrated. Understanding emotions is the first step in dealing with them in a better way.
Knowing and understanding your child’s personality plays a part in managing his or her moods. What is your child like? What are the things that matter to her or him? Also, keep in mind that routine is important for most kids. This means that changing your regular morning habits can make them uncomfortable and can trigger a bad mood. As soon as you recognize the triggers, prepare to provide some sort of comfort to your child. Allow them to emotionally prepare for what’s happening by talking to them and explaining that everything will be okay.
Feels like your child has too much energy? Children need to move around and explore. It helps them release excess energy and all kinds of negativity. If your child has been staying indoors for hours, maybe it’s time to take him or her outdoors to enjoy a little bit of sunshine. Bring your child to the park and allow him or her to rough it out a bit. It would be so much better if there are other kids that he or she can play with. Plus, running, skipping and all those tiring movements can be beneficial to health too.
Put down that gadget and focus on your kids. Give them your full attention instead of mindlessly asking “What’s wrong?” while still looking at your phone. Sometimes, kids act naughty because they need you. You have to make them feel that you are interested in what they are doing. Spending time with your child can do wonders for you too. It can help reduce your stress and lift your mood.
As adults, we know how relaxing a good bath can be. Unfortunately, most kids don’t know that yet. Most children don’t like bath time but if you play your cards right, you can make it a magical experience for kids too.
The challenge is to keep kids entertained as they soak away in the tub. Try playing relaxing children’s music in the background and giving them toys that they can tinker with during bath.
Want to make bath even more special? Add Epsom salt to your child’s bath water! Made from Magnesium and Sulfate, it is known to help promote calmness and relaxation. It also has numerous health benefits like improving digestion, blood circulation and even sleep!
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