Should You Ignore Toddler Tantrums?

Typically, the best way to respond to a tantrum is to stay calm and ignore the behavior.

You also might try to distract your child.

If your child is hitting or kicking someone, hold him or her until he or she calms down.

When your child quiets down, you might say, “Tantrums won’t get my attention.

Is it OK to ignore a crying toddler?

Ignoring can help you reduce your child’s misbehavior. Remember that children love attention. Negative attention like screaming or yelling is very rewarding to a child. When you ignore some misbehaviors, you can make it less likely your child will do the behavior again.

What do you do when a 2 year old throws a tantrum?

Here are some ideas that may help:

  • Give plenty of positive attention.
  • Try to give toddlers some control over little things.
  • Keep off-limits objects out of sight and out of reach.
  • Distract your child.
  • Help kids learn new skills and succeed.
  • Consider the request carefully when your child wants something.

At what age should a child stop having tantrums?

Tantrums usually begin in children 12 to 18 months old. They get worse between age 2 to 3, then decrease until age 4. After age 4, they rarely occur.

Does ignoring bad behavior work?

If your child behaves in a particular way and gets your attention, he’s likely to behave that way again. But if you ignore the behaviour, it’s less likely to happen again. It depends on whether telling your child might reward him with attention. For minor bad behaviour, you might not say anything.