Mom's Hands

To the strongest woman I will ever know.
At first glance Mom's hands may seem crippled and meek.
She flinches when you bump them and her grip is quite weak.
But these hands are a reflection of the woman inside,
although burdened with limits, still strong with pride.
When opening a jar seems too great a task,
it's only after great hesitation that she finally asks.
Don't let that mislead you for you must understand.
It's not what they can't do, but rather what they can.
These hands have the strength to raise a family right,
to wipe away every tear and hold you real tight.

How to Deal With Your Child's Temper Tantrums

new mother - about mom If your child's tantrums have you upset and overwhelmed, here are some tips to help you deal with them, and in some cases stop them altogether.

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Do not give in to your child's demands. If you give your child what they want then they will think that throwing a tantrum will ALWAYS get them what they want.

Talk softly to your child. Tell that when they can calm down and talk to you in a normal tone you might be able to help them. Sometimes approaching the situation like this and the calming sound of your voice might actually calm your child down.

How to Prevent a Toddler's Temper Tantrum

new mother - about mom Throwing a temper tantrum is a natural way for a young child to experiment with feelings and gain independence and control of little bodies. However, there are some things parents can do to prevent tantrums and help the young child learn to control emotions.

Set a good example. If you act aggressively when you are frustrated or angry, it is only natural for your child to react the same way when frustrated or angry. Try to remain calm and neutral in voice and posture when dealing with tantrums or other frustrating situations. Remind your child in a friendly noncritical voice what response is appropriate instead of the outburst.

Observe your child. If you see a tantrum coming on, go and sit near your child. Ask whether something is bothering your child and/or if you can help in some way. Helping your child learn to work through a problem is a valuable lesson.

How to Stop Temper Tantrums with Young Children

new mother - about mom During a temper tantrum, a child may kick, hit, scream, shriek, thrash, wail, bang his head or hold his breath. If your child is having a tantrum, take a deep breath and stay calm. Remember that you are not to blame, and tantrums are developmentally typical between the ages of two and five. If you don't see a decrease in tantrums after the child turns five, or if she regularly has tantrums that either last more than about 20 minutes or occur many times a day, talk to your pediatrician.

Refocus the child's attention on something else in order to prevent a tantrum. Briefly state that you know she wants to play with that toy but someone else has it, and then steer the child to a new toy or activity. Use humor and stay calm.

How to Stop a Toddler Tantrum

new mother - about mom Every care giver's worst nightmare is the toddler temper tantrum. Loud and tearful, a temper tantrum can put a damper on any activity. To keep the peace, and stop a temper tantrum in its tracks, learn some creative ways to divert the toddler's attention and address some core reasons for the outburst.

Ignore the tantrum. Don't yell at or try to reason with a toddler during a tantrum. As many of us know, this is useless. Instead, go about your business like there's nothing out of the ordinary going on. This indicates to the toddler that such behavior has no effect on the situation.

Distract the toddler. Toddlers throw fits because they need attention or didn't get their way. Distracting them with attention or guiding them to another activity may be just what they need to divert their anger.

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