Post–Time Out: 4 Things You Can Do To Help Stop Your Child’s Tantrum

When most people think about visiting the pediatrician, they think about a sick child. However, a pediatrician is there for a number of things, including helping you to become a good parent. If you are having trouble with disciplining your toddler, a pediatrician may be able to provide some valuable insight. In the meantime, though, here are a few tips for you if you have a child that seems to be unable to stop his or her tantrum even after time out is over:

1. Offer a Favorite "Blankie" or Stuffed Animal.

It can be hard to get a handle on your emotions when you've been crying for so long, especially when you don't even know why you're crying anymore. For your toddler, his or her comfort toy or blanket may be just what he or she needs to grab his or her emotions by the horns. If you one animal or blanket doesn't work, try a different one. Also, unless your toddler calms down pretty quickly, you'll likely need back-up since the first toy or blanket is going to get pretty soggy.

2. Head Outdoors with Your Toddler.

There's not much that a good change of scenery won't do, including distracting your toddler from his or her emotions and troubles. Even if it's raining outside or storming, your toddler will appreciate the change. Your toddler will turn his or her interest to the weather, which will allow him or her to finally calm down and relax. This means that you can too!

3. Take a Walk.

If you don't want to go outside (or you can't), consider getting up and walking around. Take your toddler with you in your arms or by holding his or her hand. Sing a song as you walk. If that's not working, stop walking normally and begin marching or doing a silly walk. Before long, your toddler will likely join in on the fun and start acting silly too.

4. Have a Seat and Play Alone.

While you may think this sounds crazy, you would be amazed at how well this works. Rather than focus your attention directly at your toddler, pick up a puzzle and start working on it. Put stuffed animals around the table and make the preparations necessary to have a tea party. Grab the crayons, a coloring book and start coloring. Eventually, curiosity is going to get the best of your toddler and he or she will want to come over and joint you.

If none of these things work, consider speaking to your child's pediatrician. While this isn't always the case, there could be some type of behavioral problem that is preventing your child from being able to let go of his or her emotions and a medical professional will be able to provide valuable guidance for dealing with the situation. Contact a company like Pediatric And Young Adult Medicine for more info.