How to handle tantrums when leaving the park

How to handle tantrums when leaving the park

Follow these steps below:

PAUSE.
Time to calm yourself. You've got this. Kids have screamed and tantrummed before. This isn't a reflection on you. This is a child communicating in the only way they can.

GET DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL.
Face to face makes you equals and makes the situation feel less rushed.

VALIDATE.
"You really want to stay. I hear you. It's been so fun here"

OKAY THE EMOTION
"It's ok to feel sad. I feel sad too when I have to leave special places".

OFFER COMFORT
Talk about what will come next, cuddle, sing a song or simply breathe to show them you get it and you're right there with them through this feeling.

MOVE ON CONFIDENTLY.
Tantrums can truly take hours sometimes. Other times kids just need to feel heard then they start to move on. Either way, it's our job as parents to hold the boundary and confidently move them forward to the next thing - walking home or getting in the car.

Walk as you talk and sound positive and interested about what's coming next. "I wonder if we'll see any diggers on the way home. We'll have to check if the workers are wearing their helmets. I think I fancy a smoothie when we get home, I might put some strawberries in..."

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