How to Cope With Crying Toddlers

There are a number of reasons why toddlers cry and most of the time they do so in order to show their distress over new and novel things that they may have not encountered before. Some of the reasons why toddlers cry at bedtime are due to anxiety and frustration over separation from their parents or simply because they are unable to do what they want to do. Other common reasons could be that the child is hungry or maybe merely rebelling just to have his own way and show stubbornness. Occasionally toddlers cry in a disconsolate manner during illness or extreme hunger. If your toddler is crying inconsolably over inordinate demands, one important way of dealing with it is to give all your positive attention...

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...only to the good behavior and quietly refuse to participate or give in to the crying. Doing so can condition the toddler to communicate with you in a reasonable manner instead of resorting to crying and bawling. A toddler crying at bedtime may also indicate an unwillingness to be separated from the parents. Reading a story or singing a lullaby for the toddler will help to soothe such fears.

These are some important coping tactics to deal with toddlers crying at bedtime and will help to address your toddler's crying sounds

Coping with Crying Toddler

  • Remember not to reward or give your child what he or she is asking for during that particular phase as that would teach the child that crying is the best method of getting his or her own way.
  • If there are obvious causes that you can handle and genuine reasons behind your toddler’s crying such as tiredness or hunger, it is important to deal with them and address the needs. Do not neglect these factors as they are extremely important to the child and crying is the only way that the toddler can seek help.
  • During particular times when your toddler is behaving better or is polite when asking for something, remember to reward such behavior and give plenty of positive remarks in order to encourage such behavior.
  • One important way of ensuring that your toddler does not resort to crying is to respond as soon as possible when your toddler asks for something even though your response might be negative.
  • Ensure that your toddler remains busy with interesting and recreational activities and toys that can occupy his or her mind and encourage him or her to learn; this will keep your child busy.
  • During times when you do not want to give in to what you're toddler is asking for, the best way to do it is to explain the reason behind it. For example, you can say, "No, you cannot have that particular food right now as dinner will be ready any minute now."
  • Child experts opine that when children proclaim, "I want" - what they are really trying to say or what they actually mean is that they need the parent's whole and undivided attention. In order to divert your child's attention from his 'want', you can adopt simple methods such as a warm hug or a bit of praise or spending some time with your child by placing him or her on your lap and reading a book. It is possible that your child may forget about the "want" and then go back to playing again.
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