Welcome back to the A to Z of Taming Tantrums video series. This week’s letter is H, and H is for help.
I chose the word “help” as part of this tantrum reduction toolbox because there’s one very important question we can ask ourselves about help, which takes the wind out of our child’s tantrum sails. When we consider this question, we put our focus on helping rather than getting caught up in everyone’s emotions, and the answer to it might actually stop the tantrum!
There’s a second reason the word “help” is important—being aware of how we can help ourselves. There is a term called parental self-care, which is how well we care for ourselves while raising children. Helping ourselves means having good parental self-care: it is so much easier to be the parent we want to be when we feel our own needs are being met.
In the video, I discuss what that important question is and how we can better meet our own needs. Please click on the link below to watch the video.
Do you find it hard to meet your own needs? I’d say my biggest need when I was parenting little ones was to be rested enough and also to know more about how toddler’s tick. If you’d like to read more about that topic, I recommend reading this post about the things that can reduce the stress of raising young children.
If you have questions or comments, I'd love to hear those. Please do comment on the video link on YouTube or over on my Facebook page, and I'll respond as soon as I can.
We're so excited to share with you the A to Z of Taming Tantrums video series!
Each week we'll share the next letter of the alphabet and Andrea will discuss how it relates to reducing tantrums - and improve our experience as parents! You can view each video here as they are added each Friday.