With Summer break going on, the routine disruption and inclusion of unhealthy habits are causing the children to be cranky at times. Changes in sleep patterns and the adverse weather conditions are taking a toll on our moods as parents and we at times find it difficult to keep our calm.
Crankiness can strike every child and every parent might have dealt with it if not very often than at least once or twice.
In such a situation, it is necessary to handle our children wisely by understanding them and providing them with a friendly atmosphere at home where they can have fun plays and enjoyment as they used to do in school.
1. Keep track of their routine
Look for things that are causing delays in their nap time, meal time, sleep time, play time. You might be busy and not noticing these things but children are great observers and take emotional cues from you. Try to rectify the break in their routine and make it go back to normal because children find it harder to adjust immediately.
2. Stay patient and calm
While dealing with a cranky kid, you might lose your own temper which is a complete No No and will only add the fuel to the situation. Keep calm and control your tone. It has great effects on little minds and they tend to listen to you when you are polite.
3. Shower them with Kisses and Hugs
Keep showing them affection and love. Listen to them and assure them you are there. Everyone needs time to settle and normalize their bad moods.
4. Play with them
At times, the only reason for being cranky is because they need attention. Let them have it by keeping aside your gadgets and indulging in plays with them. From cars to building blocks and pianos, do it all with them.
5. Ask them for help
Kids love to be a part of all adult activities. Distract their minds by asking them to help you in the kitchen or setting your wardrobe or loading the washing machine or filling the water buckets. This will help them divert their attention and you may get a helping hand.
What are some of the steps you follow while dealing with a cranky child?