There is no shortage of topics when it comes to questions moms have for Dr. Gibson. Being a mom can be overwhelming whether you’re a first-time mom or have multiple children. Each child brings unique qualities and characteristics to your family life. One topic that comes up often is tantrums and how to handle temper tantrums.
During the holidays tantrums can seem to go into overdrive and according to Dr. Gibson there are several reasons why this occurs.
- Most kids thrive on routine but during the holiday season families travel, they go to celebrations and have more activity in general which throws kids off their schedule.
- During all this, kids aren’t eating their normal food and generally consume extra goodies.
Dr. Gibson suggests preventing tantrums in the first-place parents need to pay attention to how their child is acting. If the child starts saying no or gets whiny those behaviors could be the beginnings of a full-on meltdown. If you can intervene at that point, you will most likely prevent a full-blown tantrum. We don’t always catch those cues so what happens when the tantrum is in full swing? That is when you try a few things to see what works. Give them something that will distract them like a favorite toy or book or a snack. Take them to another area to give them a moment to calm down. If a full-blown meltdown is happening sometimes the best option is to take the child to a safe space like a bathroom or car if you're out and about so they can calm down.
During my podcast with Dr. Gibson we discuss many common childhood issues including how to handle night terrors and the differences between night terrors and nightmares, the new rules for screen time and the best ways (and not so best ways) to treat common colds in children. Listen to episode 33 to hear all of the wonderful information Dr. Gibson shared with me.
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