Why Do Toddlers Get Angry?

Laughing and sobbing at the same time. How to handle a toddler’s ever-changing feelings.

Unlike many other aspects of life, the temperament of a 2-year-old cannot be predicted. When your two-year-old is full of cheerful disclosures — where did he get the word “unicorn”? a minute later, the sky begins to descend, and it is dropping fast.

In most cases, these ups and downs are merely a normal part of growing up, and they should not be mistaken for inappropriate behavior or bad choices. Your child’s regular mood swings are, on the other hand, frustrating and noisy to you. Even if you’ve driven all the way across town to your toddler’s favorite ice cream parlor, your mood could quickly be soured if he suddenly decides to dump his cone with rainbow sprinkles in the parking lot.

The only approach to deal with him is to understand why he’s so erratic and to learn how to deal with his mood swings.

They are unable to adequately express their desires and demands.

A child’s perspective on the world expands dramatically between the ages of one and three. With an average height of less than three feet and a vocabulary of no more than twenty words, it’s easy to see how challenging life may be for toddlers.

They have no idea how long it has been since they were born.

Delay of gratification is a concept that no kid on the planet can comprehend. A thirsty youngster may be able to communicate this information to you, and may even do it in front of you. Watch out, though, because if the juice box doesn’t emerge a millisecond later, something’s wrong. Even on a calm day, the weather might abruptly change.

They have a hard time keeping their emotions under control.

It’s common for a toddler to be swept away by strong emotions because he hasn’t had much practice controlling his moods and emotions. As a corollary to this toddler mood rule, toddlers lack the reasoning and logic abilities to move past their wrath.

Switching between tasks is difficult for them.

Making transitions is another common cause of tantrums in toddlers. Adapting to the ever-changing world requires a lot of physical and mental energy. It’s possible that a child who doesn’t look to be engrossed in play is actually putting in more effort than they appear to.

We expect our children to switch gears at the drop of a hat, but they are unable to do so. Because even adults have difficulty coping with this kind of adjustment, those expectations are far too high for a youngster.

They desire complete control over the situation and the ability to do whatever they want.

Trying to accomplish their goals might lead to disappointment when they discover they lack the requisite physical or mental abilities — or worse, a big fat “no!” from their parents. In a couple of seconds, the joy of curiosity transforms to sorrow. In the toddler years, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” should serve as an anthem.

They succumb to exhaustion and hunger at a rapid pace.

The majority of children fall asleep within the first three or four hours of being awakened. Toddlers, on the other hand, don’t rely on their meals to get them through the day. When attempting to avoid grazing, it’s easy to overlook the fact that they prefer to eat throughout the day. The fact that sleep-deprived and malnourished children cry hysterically should come as no surprise to you.

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For a relatively short amount of time, these ideas may seem like a lot of work. In time and with effort, you might be able to make them work for an unhappy adolescent!

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