Throwing tantrums is inevitable among toddlers. Parenthood becomes extra challenging when dads and moms are overwhelmed and irritated with their children’s screaming and crying. However, toddler tantrums are actually relevant to a child’s growth and development. How? Read on and find out.
- Throwing tantrums allow a child to release unwanted emotions
Did you know that tears contain the stress-hormone cortisol? That said, we need not freak out whenever we see our kids crying their hearts out over a broken toy. Crying is a child’s means of letting go of their frustration and anger. Once they’re done with all the whining and pining, they can shake their emotions off, feel better, and move on easily.
- Crying helps your child learn
When a child doesn’t get to accomplish a specific task he or she wants done, a kid may have the tendency to struggle and feel disappointed. When that happens, his or her emotions could burst in a negative manner. But after awhile, the child feels relaxed, eager to learn, and complete his task with enthusiasm. More so, he is willing to discover new things and learn on his own.
- Tantrums promote better sleep
Toddler tantrums cannot be avoided. Whenever we try to stop our kids from throwing one, it would only get worse as halting their emotions would only cause them to keep unwanted feelings inside their body. Kids become stressed too and a good cry may be what they need in order to let their bad feelings out. Once they cry, they will highly likely be able to sleep better because they have calmed down and have no mental burdens to carry.
- Your child becomes more open about his feelings
Apparently, children express their feelings through tantrums. Crying may be a child’s way to call your attention and get a hug. They need to feel wanted every now and then so it’s best to show them the affection and connection they desire.
- Tantrums bring you and your child closer.
Ironically, tantrums can lead to a healthy relationship between parents and children. When your kid is having his crying and screaming moment, let him be. Don’t interrupt. When the storm is over, talk to your child using kind words. Reassure him or her that everything is okay. Sometimes, all an angry child needs is a comforting gesture from parents or trustworthy caregivers.