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Tips for a Misbehaving Toddler

Every parent fears the sudden and drastic outburst toddlers are prone to having, especially out in public. Screaming, kicking, and crying are all very common when your child is confused, angry, or doesn’t get their way. While it can be frustrating to deal with a child having a temper tantrum, it is important that you take steps to curb the behavior appropriately rather than resorting to excessive punishment or ignoring it altogether.

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The key to managing misbehaving toddlers lies in how you handle these outbursts, as almost all children are prone to tantrums. By handling them appropriately or even working to prevent them, you can work to minimize the occurrences and help them learn to manage their emotions themselves. There are several different strategies that are employed in Montessori classrooms that you can implement at home. These strategies are crucial to developing the independently motivated and emotionally mature students that are formed in a Montessori classroom.

Work to Prevent Tantrums

The famous quote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies incredibly well to temper tantrums. Tantrums and misbehaving are caused by children becoming upset or frustrated, so naturally working to prevent them from becoming frustrated or upset is the best way to avoid having to manage the outburst at all.
Some common forms of prevention are:

  • Giving the child attention – Children sometimes misbehave because they want attention. By actively interacting with your child regularly like a Montessori teacher guiding a student, you can ensure they feel like they are receiving proper attention.
  • Offering choices so they feel in control – Children like to feel in control of what they do, and by simply phrasing tasks as a question, you can make it so that they don’t feel forced to do something. This is presented in a Montessori classroom by the huge assortment of learning materials available to the students, letting them choose how to learn.
  • Recognizing signs of a tantrum and de-escalating them – If you see a child struggling with something or getting visibly upset or frustrated, offering help or talking to them calmly can have a soothing effect on them and stop their frustration from growing.

Show Understanding Rather Than Anger or Indifference

Parents and children feed off each other emotionally, making it important that you work to manage how you react to any tantrums that occur. Keep in mind that in many cases, the tantrums aren’t meant maliciously but instead occur due to frustration, anger, or sadness because of a lack of understanding. Their brains are not fully developed, meaning that they lack emotional intelligence required to appropriately handle stressful situations, leading to the outbursts.

Montessori teachers understand that it can be hard to process the constant stimulation they are experiencing, so they emphasize keeping a level head and reacting calmly and with care to any kind of emotional distress. By maintaining a calm environment and caring demeanor, they can manage tantrums effectively and work to discourage the behavior from escalating.

February 8th, 2018

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Practicing Montessori Values at Home

So, you decided to put your child in Montessori school… That is great news! Montessori school is a wonderful way to help your child learn to be an independent learner. When they are in the classroom, they will quickly learn to be problem solvers and gain a sense of self-esteem that is beneficial to their growth. Though you are thrilled by all of the things they will accomplish at school, sometimes it is hard to determine how to carry out those same behaviors at home. Don’t worry, it is a learning experience for both parents and children alike, and it is very easy to accomplish.

Let Your Child Be Independent

It is so easy to do things for your children. It would be an understatement to say that life at home is chaotic when you have a family to care for. Pouring that cup of juice, gathering supplies for bath time and picking up toys yourself might be easier (and quicker), but in order to assure your child is benefitting fully from a Montessori education, it is important to let them be just as involved as you are. Let your child get the juice from the fridge, gather their bath supplies for the evening and put their toys away at the end of the night. They will feel confident and you will witness, first hand, just how independent they are learning to be!

Get Creative during Play Time

Instead of buying a bottle of pre-mixed bubbles at the store, let your child be a scientist for the day. Give them the soap, water and let them make their own bubbles for an afternoon of fun! This will show them that they are capable of creating things and have fun in the process. Let your child be fully involved in any craft or game that you take part in!

Montessori school is an excellent way to let your child evolve to their full potential. Though they are continuously learning during school hours, putting their knowledge to the test at home is just as important. Always be open to letting your child be independent, ask their teachers for advice, or seek out ideas from other parents about how you can help your child continue to grow. Letting your child be independent is key when carrying out Montessori values at home.

July 1st, 2016

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