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How to deal with the child when he is exhausted and has tantrums

How to deal with the child when he is exhausted and has tantrums


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It is very normal that at the end of the day or after eating children, especially the smallest ones, are tired and often have tantrums or anger. Parents have to learn to deal with the child when he is exhausted and throws tantrums but above all it is essential that we understand them and know how to calm them down.

The little ones do not know how to identify or manage fatigueThey don't think, "I'm mad because I'm tired so I'd better go to sleep." Tiredness and sleep create discomfort and irritation, and this often turns into a tantrum over anything. They get angry because they don't want to have dinner, because their pajamas annoy them, they answer us and throw a toy, to any offer we make to them they cry or get more angry ... and this sometimes makes us angry and we end up in a battle that it is totally avoidable.

As we said, children do not have the same emotional regulation capacity as adults, therefore we cannot react to the child's fatigue as we would to the adult's fatigue. If I, my father or mother, are sleepy, it is normal for me to go to bed to sleep, because I interpret that feeling or that fatigue, and I act accordingly, but young children do not know how to manage it, therefore it is very important that we the elderly interpret the signs of fatigue in children and help them to calm down and rest.

There is something very important toavoid when the tantrum is due to fatigue or sleep: getting angry with the child. This will only make you more nervous, have a harder time calming down, and you will go to bed very restless.

Some suggestions for handling these situations are:

- Anticipate. If we know that when he is tired he is more irritable and it seems that "he does not even know what he wants", we have to learn to anticipate, "endure the downpour" calmly, from understanding. In this way we transmit calm and tranquility to the child, we help him to calm down and we are also calmer.

- Make routines and rules more flexible when you are tired. We can skip bath time, and prioritize dinner and go to bed, for example.

- Verbalize what happens to him. Tell him that it is normal for him to be this angry, but in reality he is very tired, and that when we are tired it is normal to be angry or cry. In this way, we help you to gradually associate feelings and emotions with states of fatigue.

- Help you sleep. Sometimes they are so exhausted that they cannot fall asleep, they cannot get to sleep. It is important that we stay by his side, give him a massage for example, tell him a story and accompany him until the dream comes.

- Recognize your fatigue and leave on time. If we are away from home and we notice that the child begins to be tired, (he complains about us more, complains about everything, gets angry, everything seems wrong) it is time to retire and let the child rest.

- Get enough sleep. Children need long hours of sleep, but the stresses of everyday life sometimes make them fall asleep late. It is important to prioritize and adapt routines to your rest needs. If the child does not get enough sleep, fatigue accumulates and is more likely to be more irritable.

Patience and calm. This is a golden rule for any child's tantrum, but when they are tired it becomes more necessary.

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