Toddlers are some of the most easily distractible creatures on earth, which can be both a blessing and a curse. When you're trying to get them to finish a simple meal, and every noise, thought, and movement in the room causes yet another delay in eating, it can be frustrating; and when getting one's shoes on takes longer than it probably took to make the shoes, distraction is a parent's worst enemy.
However, when it comes to taming a toddler tantrum, distraction is amazing. They can be in the middle of an all-out, screaming, red-faced, intense rant that is shaking the walls, then you mention something they like or ask them a question. All of a sudden, they switch gears faster than you can blink.
For example, watch this video in which a dad recorded his toddler daughter having a variety of tantrums, and the little things he does to distract her. From asking her, "what does a cow say?" to telling her to kiss an egg, she goes from crying to playing in an instant.
It's hilarious and fascinating, right? It still works on my 4-year-old daughter for the time being, though I have to get more and more creative with the distractions as I think she's on to me bit. For younger kids, though, it's the ultimate tantrum-taming tool.
Of course, it's not 100 percent guaranteed to work, because nothing with toddlers is, but when it does, it's a beautiful thing.
Do you use the power of distraction with your toddler?
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