When you're a parent you'll inevitably be forced to deal with the occasional meltdown. They can be surprising, heartbreaking, annoying, infuriating, embarrassing, and, for the most part, temporary. In fact, if you play your cards right they just might be avoidable. That's why I asked moms to share their tips on avoiding meltdowns, so all of us exhausted parents can try and mitigate those moments when our little ones have big feelings.
Of course, how one parent handles a potential tantrum doesn't mean that same method will work for you and yours. After all, parents tend to know what works best for their particular child. Some kids respond well to certain explanations, certain forms of discipline, certain rituals, and, well, you get the idea. With my son, I know that going anywhere that’s too loud and crowded is almost always a no-no. He’s not big on chaos or a lot of stimulation, so to avoid a tantrum I avoid those situations. I also know when his meal and nap times are and make sure to plan weekends around those times... as best I can.
I'm not a perfect parent, though, and I know sometimes I fail to keep my son from a situation that can elicit a tantrum. And when I do, I tend to go easier on him. After all, I know it’s not exactly his fault. I also do my best to simply let my kid express himself (so long as he’s not a danger to himself or anyone) and feel his feelings. But I know that if I keep my kid fed, well-rested, and supplied with a sufficient amount of toys and other beloved items, I can avoid a meltdown. When I asked other moms about their tips, they had plenty pearls of wisdom share, too.