By Deborah Dubin
Most parents dread even the thought of their toddler’s temper tantrums. And, let’s be honest; they can be a little scary. However, these tantrums are crucial aspects of your child’s growth, well-being, and emotional health.
Don’t believe me? Here are seven reasons temper tantrums are more of a good thing than bad for your toddler.
(1) A Great Way to Relieve Stress and Rage
It sure feels great to see your kid all smiley and laughing. However, tantrums are best let out than kept in – and for good reason. You see, crying tears have been found to be a great stress-reliever. And there’s scientific work to back it up.
Tears comprise a stress-causing hormone, cortisol. So, when the child lets out tears, he or she is literally releasing out stress from the body. Besides, tears are known to spruce up a child’s emotional health, lower blood pressure, and improve overall well-being. The bottom line is that you don’t want your toddler to bottle in the rage.
(2) Helps The Toddler Learn to Deal with Emotions
It happens to the best of us – handling heavy emotions can prove quite overwhelming to some adults, let alone toddlers. During temper tantrums, your kid will learn how to respond to these feelings. You can use this as a chance to mold your toddler on how to react to meltdowns, something that will become valuable later in life.
(3) Improved Sleep
We all feel cranky when we don’t get enough sleep. The same goes for your toddler. If your little one doesn’t let out temper tantrums, she is susceptible to having sleep issues.
(4) There’s No Room for Reasoning – Improves Mood Afterward
Have you noticed that your toddler doesn’t respond to reasoning when she is on the brink of a temper tantrum? Well, because there is no room for that. She simply wants to let out the rage. So, let it be, and she will be in a better mood afterward.
(5) Builds a Robust Relationship – Brings You Together
It may not be too obvious, but your child appreciates your presence during tantrums. So, let her go through the motions. Make room for hugs, and talk less. You will feel the bond between you and your toddler will strengthen afterward.
(6) It Better Happen When You’re Around than Otherwise
When you allow your child to let it out at home, they will learn to express their emotions at home rather than in public. And this is good for obvious reasons. (Note: This also depends on the child.)
(7) Helps with Self-Confidence
Toddlers can use tantrums to express their autonomy and build on their self-confidence. They will learn to stand their ground far much better later in life.