Kids are fidgety and aggression in children is a part of their growing years. While they’re still grasping newer skills every day, some kind of frustration is bound to build up. Kids fight for toys, feel insecure, kick, scream and hit. They don’t know how to deal with their emotions and that’s how they respond – by throwing tantrums. Occasional outbursts are normal but there are certain ways to help shape better behavioral patterns in case of a severe Pitta imbalance (one of the major causes of aggression).
Understand The Aggressive Behavior
First things first, do not hop on to any conclusions. Rather, understand what’s making him/her an angry toddler.
- Improper sleep and/or diet
- Study pressures
- Vitamin deficiency
- Not getting enough attention
- Being away from home
- Watching inappropriate online or TV content
- Family issues
- Mental or psychological disorders
At times, aggressive behavior is normal. Once the kid grows up and gets skilled enough to use his/her brain and words more than feet and fists, the circumstances can change. But, if it’s the other way round, understand the aggressive toddler and take the necessary steps.
Dealing With Aggression In Children
1. Talk To Your Kid.
Keep communicating. Don’t make the angry toddler feel unimportant. In fact, maintain a good relationship so your child opens up to you.
2. Threats Don’t Work!
You may ask the angry toddler to control him/herself. Well, they can’t. That’s quite opposite to their nature. In turn, you resort to hostile behavior. But, mind your actions and keep a strict check over your own behavior. Creating house rules right from the start is a better idea than disciplining the child with anger.
3. Cover Up Nutritional Deficiencies.
Improper diet, low physical activities, and even sleep deprivation can lead to aggression in children. So, take care of nutrition in kids to better stimulate their senses.
4. Help Them Deal With Negative Situations.
Disciplining an aggressive toddler also includes helping him/her out with managing the unruly emotions. Therefore, devise techniques for them to minimize aggression. It’s important for kids to understand how they can tackle conflicts to avoid unforeseen circumstances.
5. Be A Good Influence.
Children learn what they see! They are better lead by examples. No wonder they imitate you so well while playing dress up. But, sometimes why none of the teachings work is because you as a parent aren’t able to exhibit those qualities.
6. Try Pitta-Pacifying Foods.
Cool the temper of an angry toddler with calming foods like grape juice, sandalwood, fennel seeds, cumin, melon, and citrus fruits. Avoid spicy foods and keep your kid well hydrated.
7. Rewards Are A Must.
It’s easy to catch your kid redhanded for misbehaving. But, it’s also important to reward good behavior. So, teach the aggressive toddler how it’s rewarding to take up responsibilities and be accountable for their actions.
8. Yoga & Meditation Are Relaxing.
Both meditation and yoga for kids help calm the aggressive behavior. They promote relaxation, enhance concentration, encourage positive behavior and develop self-awareness. But, also make sure to decrease their on-screen time and help them indulge in the essence of nature.
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