Managing a big emotions during the toddler years can be frustrating for both the caretaker and the child. They can occur for a number of reasons; they may be unable to verbalize their needs, overtired, various limitations, difficulty completing a task, etc. Having some quick ways to help ground your toddler can beneficial for both of you to avoid frustrations growing. These are a few of my favorites to help soothe big emotions.
- Get outside! Getting outside, even for 30 seconds if the weather is uncooperative can be so helpful. Taking a breath of fresh air, feeling the rain on your skin, or the cold air on your face can quickly ground you and your child.
- Water! This can be used in so many different ways. Having a drink of cold water can help slow you down and bring awareness to your physical body (and your toddlers). Giving your toddler a bath can help soothe them and distract them with play. Water play can also be helpful, splash around in the sink.
- Give Choices! Giving your toddler a choice can help them gain the autonomy they’re craving. When the choices are both choices you’re happy with it can help reduce frustrations and help your toddler feel independent.
- Quiet Time! Sometimes a bit of soothing music and a safe cozy blanket is what is helpful. Your toddler may or may not want a hug. Either way, some quiet time for both the caregiver and the toddler can help ease big emotions.
- Messy Art! If you feel like your toddler needs to express some frustration or anger, give them a messy/sensory outlet like finger paints. This can quickly shift moods to something silly and creative.