Terrible, hyperactive, highly tempered are the most common words used by parents while parenting children whose behavior troubles parents and outsiders. You will say that parenting a difficult child can be hard, but you are not alone. Toddlers are especially strong willed and most of them will always face difficulty in parenting a toddler.
This problem is particular to the male child.
The difficult child can create trouble to sleep, problems with feeding and not listening to your words whenever he does any wrong thing.
As it is the growing stage, he will be often curious to know about every aspect of his surroundings. Here are some parenting skills which help to deal with a difficult child.
Tantrums are part of growing: when your child shows tantrums, it does not mean that he is an unpleasant child. Tantrums are part of growing up. Once they enter from stage of baby to toddler stage, they desire to have some control over their life. Do not reward your child for bad behavior. They will think that their temper tantrums work and they will not stop doing it. But, do not react in a negative way if your child throws temper tantrums, as negative response can make your child to behave in more negative way.
No spanking: Many parents use spanking when their children behavior is in a bad manner. This is practiced because their parents may have followed the same way to discipline them. You need to stop this pattern and switch to an alternative to discipline your child.
Accept the children as they are: It is essential to accept your difficult child as he is. You should express your love sincerely towards your child. Avoid conflicts when you feel that the situation is going from your hand.
Highlight positive behavior of your child: Rather than concentrating on inappropriate behavior of the child, support and concentrate on appropriate behavior of the child. When your child does any bad thing, explain why it is not acceptable and make it clear to them that the behavior is not acceptable, but you still love him. Praise your child when he performs any acceptable and appropriate behavior.
Stay calm: Try to stay calm when your child behaves in a bad manner. When you feel emotional and shout on your child, your child can become more aggressive. Change the atmosphere to make every one in that situation calm. Take up the phone and call your friend instead of becoming emotional or try to move from that place without showing any reaction.
If you’re faced with a similar situation, you can always ask for help from anyone, and remember to always stay calm in such situations because most times, the children outgrow such behavior.
How did you deal with a difficult child(if you’ve ever had one)?