Why Your Child Has Tantrums
Why Your Child Has TantrumsChildren are so beautiful at expressing themselves in so many ways. One common way children express themselves when they do not get what they want is to tantrum, even if there is just an inkling of a “no” coming from us. Your child’s protest can have many versions – whining, crying, screaming, wailing, throwing themselves to the floor, slapping or biting, head banging, etc. Why does your child communicate in this way? Because it works!
Understanding why your child’s crying works:
- It gets them what they want: Our children use this form of communication because at some point it has gotten them what they wanted. To avoid a full blown tantrum, many parents react quickly to avoid it. For example, if your child wants one more cookie, you may say, “No more, you’ve had enough”… until they whine, frown, and you begin to see the tears welling up in their eyes. In quick response you offer a handful of cookies to head off a potential disaster!
- It moves people: That scream in the grocery store can make any mommy or daddy finish their shopping in record time. This may be your child’s way of saying “no” to the place you have taken him/her to or their way of reacting to people they want to get away from.
- It gives them a sense of control: Our children need a lot of control in order to cope with a world that they may feel is out of control. By tantruming, not only do they get what they want faster, but they also gain a sense of control over other people. Watch how people respond the next time your child tantrums… they get right out of the way as if there were a swarm of stinging bees in the living room. WOW! People are the most unpredictable factors in our children’s lives. It must give our children a real sense of relief to know that they can make people move away or make people deliver their wants more quickly.
Here are some common gut wrenching beliefs that parents hold before they complete the training and learn the tools of The Son-Rise Program:
- It is my responsibility as a parent to make my child happy.
- I feel sorry for my child because she/he has special needs.
- Others will judge me as a bad parent if my child is crying.
- I don’t want my child to think I don’t love them.
- It is a problem and I must fix it.
- The assumption that your child is intensely unhappy when they tantrum and that there is something terribly wrong.
- Remember tantruming is a form of communication, not a statement of great suffering. Children can go from a full drama tantrum to a smile in a split second. NO child has the emotional burdens that we create for ourselves as adults.
- It’s not a problem, it’s an opportunity. Teaching your child how to calmly and easily handle the “no” now will benefit them for the rest of their life. Ultimately, you can teach your child to be calm even if they don’t get what they want. You are supporting a lifetime of happiness for your child when you teach them this belief.
- Your child’s diagnosis is not a weakness! Feeling sorry for your child will only put your child in the dictator position and they will be ruling your house in no time. View your child as strong and capable of doing the best they can to get what they want. Viewing your child as capable of moving through his/her challenges actually empowers everyone.
- Loving your child through this time will help you stay calm and be clear with the following actions to take. Believing that there is nothing wrong with you, with your child, or the circumstance will feed your love and comfort.