Hello, I am Sally--a toddler mom and a special education preschool teacher with a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education. I have more than 10 years of experience working in ECE in the U.S. public school system. I am also a parenting and educational blogger who shares resources and tips about all things preschool. I use my blog to support parents and caregivers by providing them with strategies on how to encourage their child’s overall development.
"Tantrums will happen. Every parent deals with them at some point or another," says Sally, a toddler mom, special education preschool teacher with a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, and the Tenderhearted Teacher. "If you find yourself dealing with an inconsolable child, it's important to consider a few things. Know that this behavior is a form of communication. It's completely normal and age-appropriate. Know that tantrums will happen, regardless of your parenting. And while inconvenient, tantrums cannot and should not be stopped—so long as your child is safe."
"You need to let your child release their big emotions while also remaining a calm presence nearby," Sally adds. "Tantrums can seem unbearable in the moment, but letting them run their course is critical for a young child's development. As the adult, it's your job to keep their environment safe while letting them know that you are there if they need you. Additionally, you should validate their feelings, naming them as you go. After the tantrum subsides, you can use the experience as a teachable moment to discuss what caused it and to discuss possible solutions for the future."
Parents.com Article: "What is Gentle Parenting?"9 April 2022