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How to manage those toddler tantrums

How to manage those toddler tantrums

Oh, it’s going to happen. No matter how well-prepared you are. No matter how many advice columns you’ve read, no matter how hard you try to avoid it. It. Will. Happen.

A full-blown toddler temper tantrum.

Sometimes, you can see it coming from a mile away. (Hello, missed nap time.) Sometimes, it completely takes you by surprise (Today, we don’t like blue.). It grabs hold of your sweet, precious little child and turns him into someone you barely recognize. And it can push you to your wit’s end, too.

But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Experienced toddler parents know there are a few tricks that keep a tantrum from beginning, or stop one in its tracks.

A favorite snack

Is a tantrum brewing in the worst possible place? Maybe the bride is just about to march down the aisle, or it’s a family dinner in a very un-family friendly restaurant? Whatever the situation, try giving your child a few bites of his or her favorite snack. It’s often enough to get them to focus on something they enjoy, and to calm down.

New scenery

Are things falling apart in the living room? Move to the bedroom. Stressed in the playroom? Cuddle on the couch. Is being inside simply too much? Take a walk.

Quiet time

If nap time has come and gone but the tantrum persists, have your child try a little “quiet time” in his or her room. Encourage them to look at a book or play quietly until they feel better. (Bonus: you’ll get some much needed quiet time, too.)

Boogie time

Put on some music and dance! Your frustrated and upset child will probably start to dance with you, too. Soon, everyone will be feeling better.

So, yes…tantrums are just part of parenting. After all, no one ever said it was easy. But my goodness, it is worth it!

Parenting advice from Lego Dad

Parenting advice from Lego Dad

Parenting. It ain’t easy.

Raising a teenager and a baby at the same time - when you don’t even have opposable thumbs? Impossible, right? Not so for Lego Dad. He has this parenting thing down, and shares it all via his hilarious Instagram account. (Oh, he’s on Twitter and Facebook, too.)

Whether you’re looking for a little parenting advice, or a little parenting comic relief, check it out.

Stay at home parent? This probably looks little familiar …

And we’ve ALL been here, amirite?

And here.

This is true.

If we had a dime for every time we’ve counted to three …

Lego Dad says he started his account so he could be a resource for other Lego minifigure parents. (He likes to stay in character.) Mostly, though, it’s about making people smile and helping them remember to not take life too seriously. After all, kids will be kids. Even when they come in pieces.

How to keep your littles busy on rainy days

How to keep your littles busy on rainy days

On lovely days, it’s easy to keep the kids entertained. Nature walks, playdates at the park, sidewalk chalk on the driveway or just romping in the backyard - there’s no shortage of fun things to do. But when the weather turns rainy or just too hot, what’s a family to do?

Make it a game day

Teach your children classic games. Checkers and UNO are fun, even for younger kids. Children as young as four can begin to learn chess by being taught the names and rules of the pieces. You can break out some classic children’s games, too, like HiHo Cherry-o and Chutes and Ladders.  

Give a concert

Drag out those toy instruments (or real ones, if you have them) and make some music! Use your bells, xylophones, drums and more and put together a rockin’ band. No instruments? How about pots, pans and wooden spoons instead? Yes, it’ll be loud. But it will also be worth it.

Play pretend

Playing make-believe is one of the joys of childhood, and a rainy day is the perfect day for it. Some of our favorites:

  • Grocery store - stock the shelves with your own groceries, a toy set, or clean and empty boxes and containers you’ve saved. Set up the “register,” get a cart or basket, and a shopping bag, and take turns getting the groceries for the week.
  • Camping - build a blanket tent (or set up a real one if you have the indoor space), make a pretend fire, pack your lunch, “roast” some marshmallows, and tell stories around the fire.

Water balloons

If it’s hot or wet outside, why not? Just set a few ground rules (no balloons to the face, please), and have a blast. (Here’s a hint: there are tools on the market now that make it easy to fill hundreds of balloons in just minutes. A wise investment.)

The number one rule for rainy days - be creative, and enjoy your time together. With just a little effort, you can have a great day and make memories to last a lifetime.

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