- Step 1: Distract the child Distract the child from whatever's causing the frustration. Draw the child's attention to anything else – a toy, a book, or activity.
- Step 2: Stay calm Remain calm and collected. Show the child you have control of the situation.
- Step 3: Talk to the child Discuss the situation with the child. Show them you understand why they are upset.
- TIP: If the child is older than three, ignore the tantrum and explain that you will listen when they can use a normal voice.
- Step 4: Remove the child Remove the child from the scene, whether it's a family gathering, a shopping mall, or grocery store. Pick up the child and physically remove them to a different surrounding.
- TIP: Reserve a time-out area in your home where the child will go to calm down.
- Step 5: Be consistent Always be consistent with your actions. Never give in to an unruly child, or your child will soon rule your home.
- FACT: As of 2008, spanking in public schools was still legal in 21 states and used frequently in 13.
You Will Need
- A calm demeanor
- A "time-out" area (optional)