If you have a toddler at home, who has proven to be quite an expert in throwing tantrums, then you will only be too familiar with all the crying, yelling, throwing of things, etc.
While not all children are difficult to deal with, some kids develop a behaviour of throwing constant tantrums, right from an early age.
While it is hard to determine why certain children behave in a rebellious manner and give a hard time to their parents, some researchers opine that it may be due to the kid's need for an attention from his/her parents.
Sometimes, it can also be due to psychological issues or even signs of certain social/learning disorders in kids, and, in extreme cases, the kids might need a professional help.
Whatever may be the reason for the child's tantrums and indisciplined nature, it affects the parents and their lives to a great extent.
Having a child at home who is constantly getting himself/herself in trouble, refusing to eat, refusing to go to school, destroying toys and household objects, etc, can take a serious toll on the parents.
So, if you want some advice on how to discipline your kid, do follow these effective tips.
Follow a consistent routine every day. For example, have fixed times for meals, naps, watching television, etc, and ensure that you do not allow your kid to deviate from them very often. This lets your kid know that certain rules have to be followed without any arguments.
Be prepared for your kid's needs when you are on the go. For example, carry food and water, when you take your kid out, so that it can be given to him/her when needed. This can avoid your child creating a scene in the middle of the street or at a super market.
Saying "No" to things, outright, may not work all the time. Try to reason with them and give them choices. For example, if they want to have pizza for dinner, tell that it can be done on another day and let them know about the importance of eating
Let your child know that he/she cannot have everything he/she wants. Saying "yes" to everything, just so that they stop crying or throwing tantrums, can prove to be a negative thing later on and it is important to make your child understand that right from the early stages.
Do not resort to physical abuse at any cost. It may be very hard to deal with a difficult child, but hitting them in order to make them stop will only make matters worse, as your kids may either get extremely scared of you or may increase their temper tantrums.
Let them know that you are there for them no matter what and ensure that you give them the required amount of attention, as most kids throw tantrums when they feel they are being neglected.
Be calm while dealing with a child who is throwing a fit. Keep the tone of your voice stern, but calm. Getting angry or breaking down in front of your children will only make them continue with their behaviour.