Useful? Share it!

How to mindfully manage a tantrum

How to mindfully manage a child's tantrumOn a good day, motherhood is an exhilarating spiritual journey.

On a bad day it’s an exhausting, frustrating ride where we are tested beyond our limits through sleep deprivation, stress, relationship tension, mastitis and self-doubt.

Mindfulness has been a crucial part of my motherhood survival tool kit, helping me to manage the challenges and be present enough to appreciate the daily magic.

Mindfulness is a training which gives us more capacity for self-awareness, so that we can be present to what’s happening, and respond with greater calm and wisdom.

It’s been a particularly helpful tool for managing tantrums with greater ease. Here’s a few tips on how to mindfully manage a tantrum …

How to mindfully manage a tantrum

Recognise

When tantrums strike, it’s easy to get triggered and lose your calm. Our children’s cries are designed to set off our inner emotional alarms, to protect them from danger. However, most tantrums are a developmentally normal step which reflects your child’s attempt at asserting themselves and developing greater agency in the world.

To move yourself from stressed and panicking to calm and grounded, first consciously recognise what’s happening and silently label “tantrum” to help you not get lost in the emotional storm. By actively labelling “tantrum” you’ll be activating the higher regions of your brain which allow you to think more clearly, problem solve and stay calm rather than fall into panic.

Breathe

During a tantrum; you may notice your breath has become restricted or fast as your emotions are triggered. Turn to your breath as a way of anchoring yourself to calm.

While you respond to your child with calming words and full presence; try to slow your breath down and extend out the exhalation which will calm down your nervous system.

Be compassionate

It can be easier to get frustrated at your child and at yourself when tantrums happen. So, take a moment when the tantrum has past to remind yourself that this is a normal part of most children’s development.

Remember you are not in this alone. Put your hand on your heart and offer yourself warmth, love and self compassion. You are doing the best you can.

Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool that can help you bring greater calm, focus and clarity to your daily life. Just 10 minutes a day can improve your sense of wellbeing.

——————————————————————

‘Mindful In May’ can help you get started – or reboot your practice.

Get Mindful in May – Register at mindfulinmay.org now to learn 10 minutes of mindfulness a day; while helping to bring clean water to the developed world. Clear mind for you – clean water for others.

Post your comment

Comment Guidelines : Play nice! We welcome opinions, discussion and compliments. Especially compliments. But remember: the person on the other side of the computer screen is someone's mum, brother, nan or highly intelligent but opinionated cat. We don't tolerate nastiness or bullying. We'll delete disrespectful comments and any replies to them. more

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

If you have a Gravatar, it will appear next to your comments. Read more about Gravatars here

*

Prove you're human.. *

One comment so far -

  1. Thank you for this article. How timely. I have just finished your live meditation this evening and have signed up for my first mindful in May. I have just linked that the meditation and the author of this article was the same person.
    I have a 2 year old and am expecting a baby in 3 weeks. Both Mindful in May and this article I am hoping will give me the tools to manage the challenging and stressful times ahead or at least deal with them more mindfully!

    Thank you.

FEATURED SUPPORTER
Little Rugby NSWCatch, weave, chase, run, but most of all have FUN! Little Rugby runs a NSW network of fun, safe and non-contact footy ...
FORUMS - chatting now ...
IVF Babies due Sep/Oct/Nov 2017 #2pregnancy and babies through IVF
How long did it take you to conceive?Conception & Fertility General Chat
I am... #20General Chat
April/May TTC group chatConception & Fertility General Chat
IVF/FET April & May chatConception & Fertility General Chat
REVIEWS
"Pigeon teats rule!"
by Alex
Pigeon PP Wide Neck reviews ›
"Wonderful natural Aussie made product!"
by Mrstwr
Baby U Goat Milk Moisturiser reviews ›
"Replaced good quality with cheap tight nappies"
by Kris
Coles Comfy Bots Nappies reviews ›
back to top