If you have a dramatic preschooler in your life or want to remember what that time was like, then you might enjoy this funny family story for how to stop preschool tantrums!
How to Stop Preschool Tantrums
Originally published March 12, 2010
I wish I had all of the answers for how to stop preschool tantrums. Especially since I have a very dramatic little girl!
When I started this blog, it was to tell stories about everyday living in my home (hence Living Locurto), but it has since become more of a lifestyle party and food blog. I like having a diary of everyday events though, so instead of starting a new parenting blog, I decided that on some Fridays I will post family stories here. I hope you don’t mind me shifting gears a little today.
This is a story about my new best friend…
Please don’t judge me. I do have a very large cat for which spray bottles are great to use when they try to eat your pet fish! But, I also have a VERY dramatic, usually screaming for no reason three year old. Just ask my business partner, who every time I get on the phone with her, my three year old is crying at the top of her lungs for some ridiculous reason. LOL!
For instance, we’re just having a nice afternoon eating baby oranges (as she calls them). I decided to get my camera out to record my little girl doing something average on an average day.
When out of nowhere comes this face… uh oh…
And WHAM! There is the wailing scream we’re all used to around this house. (I think taking photos of the scream just make it worse, but it was so funny, I couldn’t help myself!)
I try to reason with her by asking what’s wrong. Have you ever tried that with a dramatic three year old? Doesn’t quite do the trick.
So out comes my new best friend, Mr. Spray Bottle. (insert evil laugh here) I just sit him on the counter and tell her I have “my friend” here and would she like to talk now? No spraying is actually needed… that’s the funny part!
Since little miss sassy is scared I’ll actually spray her, she calms down to tell me that she’s mad because she’s almost done with her baby oranges. She wants more please.
Wow, it’s like magic! So after getting her more oranges and a toy to take her mind off of the drama. All is back to normal.
Well, until her brother gets a hold of my new friend… (SIGH!)
Overall, the lesson of the day is to have PATIENCE and STAY CALM.
There is usually some reason the tantrum started in the first place, the way we go about finding that out is the hard part. Don’t give into a preschooler’s demands until they calm down like my daughter did for me in this moment. I hope you find your secret weapon like my cat’s spray bottle. I really do!
Check out these 20 tips for parents from preschool teachers for more advice.
Do you have a dramatic preschooler and a “loves to start trouble” son too? Please tell me I’m not the only one! ha!
This three year old is now in middle school and turned out just fine! She is still full of sass and often still screams at her brother (don’t all middle schooler do that?), but she is also a strong independent go-getter! Maybe all of her baby tantrums were getting her ready to become who she is today? I hope this gives you hope if you are struggling with a little girl who was like mine.
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