How to Handle Temper Tantrums

toddler temper tantrum Are you tired of terrorizing temper tantrums? We are referring to your children here, not your spouse, but even the tiniest toddler can create a terrific and turbulent scene. And even if you are a perfect parent, childhood meltdowns are simple facts of your young one’s life. Take a deep breath and relax, and use the following steps to handle your toddler’s temper tantrums without losing your cool.

Remember to remain calm. A frustrated and screaming child can definitely be contagious, but you need to keep calm, cool and collected to properly deal with the situation. Also remember that your child may not be trying to “get his way.” As you have probably noticed in the past, he could simply be tired or lacking attention, have a low blood sugar issue or some minor pain.

Give your child a choice that allows him to pick an outcome. Though little Billy may want a chocolate coated snack, it might be a little too close to dinnertime to allow that. Say, “Billy, I understand why you are getting upset. But the choice is yours, you can either calm down or you will have to go to your room (or in timeout).”

If he decides to calm down, compliment that choice. Remind him that he wanted a treat right before dinner, and that you said no. Verbally thank him for accepting no as the answer. And if he continues to act out, be firm and enforce the choice that he made, sending him to his room or putting him in timeout.

And remember, this process is much easier with a two-year-old than a six-year-old, so begin this learning process early on. Obviously, you need to try to determine the cause of the tantrum, and over time you may see patterns develop at particular times of the day. Remember to never reward the tantrum, or you are placing your toddler in control.

If your child is craving attention and throwing a fit, you can make long-term changes to avoid future outbursts. Remove your child to a crying room, to your car or even to a restroom and discuss the problem calmly. Tell them that you refuse to talk to them until he or she calms down, and discuss the situation with your child face to face once the terrible tantrum has ended.

As mentioned above, temper tantrums are a fact of life for a toddler, and some older children as well. Employing the above tips and strategies early on in your child’s life will develop your relationship hierarchy, and teach your child that you are in control. This will make it easier to deal with inevitable temper tantrums quickly and effectively when they inevitably occur.

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Starting a Small Business: Tips Savvy Moms Need to Know

small businessMany of us have that everlasting dream of starting a small business with a great idea. Starting a small business can be complicated, especially when you’re a single mom, juggling kids, work, home life, and whatever social life you can get. It may be difficult to imagine quitting full-time work in order to pursue a dream, but if the dream is one that will increase your income long-term, it may be a dream worth pursuing. Here are a few things to consider if starting a small business seems like an impossible dream.

 

Grants

Small business grants may be available through your state for single moms. Free money is a pretty serious incentive, so take the time to see if your state offers these grants. You owe it to yourself and to your idea. A grant may allow you to quit your full-time job until your business is profitable. Remember, grants aren’t like loans – you don’t have to pay them back – so it’s in your best interest to come up with an idea that will greatly benefit the community or bring additional revenue into your city. Making your idea a reality may come more easily than you realize.

 

Hire Well

When you come to the point of starting your small business, eventually you’ll probably need to hire some staff. Employee turnover can quickly sap a business’s profits, and you don’t want to go through the stress of firing someone. Take your time to select good people, and thoroughly check their references. Monster has a great list of attributes to look for when hiring a new employee. Even when you’re first starting out, keep a list in mind of your dream team, including what types of personalities, strengths, and charisma would best match the work that needs to be done as your business grows.

 

Hire Contractors

You’ll be able to do many tasks yourself with a little ingenuity and research, but when it comes to your brand and face to the world, it’s important to get it done right. If you’re not a marketer and don’t have much experience with design and branding, it’s important to invest some money into having this done well. Doing it badly may damage your brand in front of the very people you want to notice you. Decide where you’re willing to spend, and spend wisely.

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Jogging Through Summer with Trendy Jogger Pants

jogging Most teens like to switch up their look and stick with the trends, and this summer a new trend has arrived: jogger sweatpants. These versatile pants look great with a tee-shirt for a relaxing night in, or they also work for a casual workout outside. Plus they come in a variety of patterns, making them all the more fun to wear during the summer. Here are some reasons why teens will love joggers and it’s not just because they’re the latest trend.

Joggers are Comfy and Casual

These pants are super comfy and casual for those lazy, yet fun summer days. Joggers also work for a variety of body shapes because they have an elastic waistband and drawstring. Teens can stay comfy in roomy pants that are still on-trend and look fantastic. Plus these jogger sweat pants are made of polyester making them very comfortable to lounge around in or to go for a quick run. These joggers also come with front pockets, making it easy to stick lip-gloss or a cell phone in the pockets when a teen is on the go.

Variety of Patterns

Patterns are fun and it just so happens that joggers come in a variety of fun and flirty patterns for the summer time. If a teen happens to love a chevron pattern they will love the mint/pink geo chevron jogger that’s bright, fun, and of course comes in chevron. If they’re headed out on a date or hanging with girlfriends these joggers will add a pop of personality to their every day ensemble.

Keep Them Long or Roll Them Up

Joggers are also ideal for all types of weather, and a teen can roll them up or down accordingly. If a teen is lounging at a summer cabin they can keep their joggers long to stay either indoors or outdoors when it’s cool outside. Is a warmer summer day approaching? They can roll the pants up to keep cool and in style simultaneously.

Bike Ride with Friends

These fun pants seem like the perfect attire to wear while going on a bike ride with friends. They’re not only super comfy but they’ll keep teens cool and relaxed while going on a leisurely bike ride. Head to the beach or ride to a friend’s house in stylish joggers. Everyone will be wondering why they don’t have a pair of these trendy pants that every teen adores.

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