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Supermarket Tantrums

The classic supermarket tantrum!

We’ve all been there (and if we haven’t, we’ve held our breath imagining it!) – the howling toddler in the trolley or the wailing preschooler lying on the floor in the biscuit aisle.

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It’s a rite of passage for parents. When faced with a little one in full meltdown mode, here are some tips to help you navigate the storm:

Stay Calm:

Remember that tantrums are normal at this age. Take a deep breath and keep your cool.


Gentle but Firm Words:

Use a few gentle but firm words to calm the child. Avoid yelling.


Ignore the Behaviour:

Sometimes, waiting for the storm to pass is the best strategy.


Additionally, consider these preventive measures:

Consistency:

Stick to a daily routine so your child knows what to expect.


Plan Ahead:

Run errands when your child isn’t hungry or tired.


Offer Choices:

Let your child make appropriate choices (e.g., red shirt or blue shirt).


Praise Good Behaviour:

Reinforce positive actions with extra attention.


Avoid Triggers:

Steer clear of areas with tempting toys or treats.


Hang in there! You’re not alone in this parenting adventure. 🌟

Confident and Calm

Helping your anxious preschooler thrive in new environments

A Plan for Anxiety

Reducing surprises and creating a sense of predictability can significantly ease anxiety for toddlers when they encounter new situations. Here are some practical strategies:

Rehearsing: Just like practicing lines for a play, rehearsing new experiences can help. For instance, if your child is starting school, visit the school grounds together on weekends. Let them explore the playground, find their classroom, and locate the toilet. Discuss what they’ll do if they feel stuck or lost. This familiarity reduces anxiety.


Label Feelings: Encourage your child to express their emotions. When they feel anxious, help them put words to their feelings. This process helps them understand and manage their emotions better.


Hypothetical Scenarios: Ask “What if?” questions. For example, if they’re learning to catch a bus, discuss scenarios: “What if you miss your stop? How will you use your bus card?” These discussions prepare them for real-life situations.


Remember, consistency and patience are key. By providing a plan and rehearsing, you empower your child to navigate new environments with confidence! 

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